It is now the night of Christmas and all has been good. We had our turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, so our children's long time boyfriend / girlfriend could join us. It was very nice and the "kids" played various games and their dad and I were happy to putter around and enjoy the laughter from the next room. We ended the evening with everyone playing Monopoly. Monopoly can really drag on and I, for one, was glad to be bankrupt so I could exit the game!
This morning was lovely. It is funny that now we, the parents, have to wake the kids up on Christmas morning. We had a leisurely time of opening presents and enjoying ourselves. It turned out to be a white Christmas after all, with big feathery flakes coming down all morning, and afternoon. Now, when I look out at 9:56 p.m., there is quite a blow happening. I'm glad none of us have to be out driving in this. We did not gather with extended family. My husband's mother is in a nursing home and we were able to talk with her twice on the phone. She received presents that he had dropped off a few days earlier, so that was good. I have no idea when she will receive her vaccines, but it will no doubt be very strange for her to finally be able to leave and visit with us in our home, whenever that will be.
As of tomorrow, Ontario will be in lockdown for 28 days, but of course there are exceptions to that. I will be teaching online for the first week after Christmas holidays, but then we are supposed to be back in schools (so the 28 lockdown does not apply to us). We will still be able to buy groceries and go to pharmacies, and I will still be able to purchase my chicken feed. I know many of you are in the same boat.
To wrap up my post tonight, I will tell you what one of my presents was. I received a vacuum cleaner. Please don't feel sorry for me or think that my husband had quite a nerve purchasing a vacuum. I picked it out myself and even ordered it. My old one was not up to snuff and I really wanted to try this brand of vacuum - Shark. It's supposed to be as good as Dyson at half the price. Husband assembled it for me and I took it for a whirl today. Oh my lord - to see what got sucked up out of my area rug and out from between the cracks in my old hardwood floor in my kitchen - you'd think I have never cleaned the place! Yikes. It makes me ridiculously happy.
I hope all of you have had a good Christmas, in whatever way you wished to celebrate it, whether you were on your own doing things on your own terms, or you had a small gathering of those in your home, or something entirely different. Let's wind down this month, this year, and look forward to vastly more enjoyable times in the future. 🎄🎅