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It was a Christmas day like no other, but so like what Christmas really stands for. A day out of life-as-usual. I was not in a hot tropical land, far from family, though there was joy in those days as well. I was not surrounded by children and family, raising lives on a farm, though that time was not free from moments of sorrow. For these reasons I had to write down my day this year. Because the details of the fabric will fade from memory.

I started the day with tea and presents. It was bitter cold so I pushed up the thermostat, grabbed my new book and headed back under the blankets to read. The sun was streaming in painting everything buttery gold, and a  marathon of “Christmas Story” played on the TV.

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“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

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Alice jumped up to join me and we settled in to wait to the thermometer outside to read “tolerable with lots of clothes if you keep moving.”

I promised Alice all week that she would have a special Christmas Day walk. She lost her little pea-brain when we pulled into the barnyard, bouncing around in the truck like it was on fire. Night was happy to leave the hay piles and come in for a good grooming session.  I decided the conditions were so icy and frozen, we wouldn’t need a saddle as we would just be walking.

The sky was that impossible blue of deep winter and shadows were long though it was still midday.

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On our way to the cabin we “jumped” three large deer, I just caught the flash of their tails as they headed up the mountain. Later, I could see their fresh tracks where they crossed the trail ahead of us. I’m glad to see the wildlife is healthy headed into the deep freeze.

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Funny four-footed friends out with me for a walk up the mountain. It was a Christmas unlike any other, but then, aren’t they all?

3 comments on “Christmas in my mind…

  1. I’m glad you had a good Christmas, Martha. Getting through the woods on horesback would be a lot easier than the way I do it, I think.

    1. Thanks Alan. It may be easier but it also doesn’t allow for the careful, close inspections that you have. Certainly I can get places that are tough to get to on foot.
      Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  2. Touring NH says:

    Sounds like you had a nice peaceful day. I’m sure Alice was thrilled to get out for a good walk. Hoping the New Year brings you everything your deserve and more!

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