Christmas 2020 – On a Personal Note

We are not having family or big reunions this Christmas, but we are having a good Christmas, albeit quiet. We have our health, thankfully, and a pretty Christmas tree. Two out of three fur babies are still with us and they seem to be enjoying their new “home” in Colorado, taking plenty of naps and snuggling with us.

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Christmas 2019

2020 Christmas looks a lot different than its earlier versions…. Thankfully, we still have our health and we are taking in the plentiful sunshine in our new (temporary) bricks-and-sticks residence, Colorado. Last year, after a couple of blissful weeks at the beach after Thanksgiving, we packed up the RV and headed back to Tennessee to surprise David’s family with our visit for Christmas.

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Seaside, WaterColor, and Miramar Beach, Florida

Blue-green water, gentle sunshine, quiet walks on the tourist-free beaches–that’s the Emerald Coast in the winter. We dipped southward and tucked under palm trees for a couple of weeks last December, waiting for Christmas.

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Romanian Christmas Traditions

If I were in my childhood’s Romania, winter and the holidays would be the best time of the year. I remember the anticipation of the first snow and how as soon as we saw the white flakes start falling, our attention would shift from the classroom to the window. Our teachers’ best choice was to let us go outside and enjoy it. The snow would start falling sometime in late fall and keep piling up through the winter, blanketing everything in fluffy and sparkly white coat.

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Christmas in Knoxville, TN

This year we had a very quiet and unseasonably warm Christmas. We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner, complete with sarmale (Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls), mamaliga (polenta), and red wine in good company. Christmas Day came with gift opening outside, on the deck, while soaking in the sun in 60-degree weather.

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