Only 16 days to Christmas!

December 7, 2017

The Christmas countdown is on. There are now only 16 days before it is Christmas Eve and just two weeks left until Christmas weekend.

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

For most of us “working stiffs,” and that still includes me, that 16 days of shopping left really means only three more weekends before the big day arrives on Monday.

I will probably still be scrambling around to finish up on the 23rd and 24th as usual…

Speaking of “as usual” I haven’t even started my shopping yet, although I do have a couple of ideas.

I plan to do as much as possible right here in Clare. I won’t miss that annual Christmas rush at all, but I guess I better get on the ball this weekend for sure. Shopping, and then some Christmas cards need to go out.

I am just not a very good shopper and dread facing crowds and long lines. You would think I would get it done before everybody else, but unfortunately I am a lifelong procrastinator too – so I always wait as long as possible before starting.

If your family is far away, like part of ours, it’s also time to think about mailing packages out.

I have time to do that now. The office floor is finished…except for trim and that can wait until after the holidays although Jack says he will get that done too.
It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas around the house again. Some of my Christmas decorations are up (except for bringing the tree in) and the outside lights are up and on display now for each evening until the holiday arrives –  thanks to hubby Jack, who managed to squeeze that project in while installing the new floor.

It doesn’t seem possible that the year is winding to a close again already. Wasn’t it just the other day that we were complaining about those hot summer days?
We still haven’t got much snow, other than a skiff of flakes in December and some lazy ones floating down today (Wednesday). Of course the weather report said we could get up to an inch but I will believe that when I see it.  It would be nice to have a white Christmas. That’s the one thing I have been hoping for, just a little snow. Christmas just isn’t complete without the “white.”

Monday night, our wet weather was just a doozie of a thunderstorm (in December?) followed by winds that knocked out power to a lot of Clare County homes. We didn’t get a power loss, but I understand Surrey Township was pretty hard hit. If it had been a little colder, we would have been buried in white!

To get into the holiday spirit, I was looking through some of my old columns from this time of year and came across a snippit from back (seems like just the other day) in 2001 when I had some help decorating from one of my favorite granddaughters Alea. Of course she is all grown up and in college now, but I will never forget the fun we had that year. Here it is:

You haven’t lived until you have listened to a 2 ½ year-old singing “Oh Cwistmas Tree, Oh Cwistmas Tree” as she is putting ornaments on the branches. Lisa said, “Where did she learn that?” I told her “Barney, where else!” Alea only knows two verses, but she sang them with lots of Christmas gusto. Before long everyone was singing along as we decorated around the house.

Later on of course, we caught her taking the ornaments off again…

That following spring Alea got a pretty special birthday present when her sister arrived…

It sure makes me feel my age to see those two girls growing up. Alison is now a beautiful sophomore in high school, and she is the last of our grandchildren still in school.

Now I am enjoying the two great-granddaughters Ayssa and Cheryl as they open presents at Grandma and Grandpa’s on Christmas Eve. Just wish we could see the other, newest one, great grandson Marlin, too.

And, just another little reminder… While you are busy planning and shopping and baking for the season, take a little time out to remember those who won’t have such a happy holiday, unless we help. Contribute something for our troops overseas.

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