A SECOND OPINION: Time for a Jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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by Mary Foran
This year preparations for Christmas are minimal. We have a few decorations out, but we decided against a Christmas tree since my partner couldn’t find one he liked at the one lot available in this small town. That means that the lights and ornaments will stay in the trunk that has housed them for the past year.
We plan on having a Christmas feast of some kind though, including pumpkin pie for dessert with real whipped cream, and an assortment of vegetables and a pork tenderloin, which isn’t as hard to cook as a turkey. Since it is just the two of us we don’t need much.

We plan on attending Midnight Mass with caroling beforehand if it doesn’t snow. We’ve already had quite a bit of snow and ice and the weather is unpredictable.

“We plan on attending Midnight Mass”

I’ve already got his presents ready and he already gave me mine so Christmas Day won’t be a surprise.
We’ve listened to Christmas music and watched all the Christmas movies that come on each year such as “White Christmas”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Christmas Story” and we’re awaiting the repeats.
Since we’re new to this area, all our friends are far away or back in our old haunts, so we have to keep in touch by cards or email.
I’m having cataract surgery in the New Year so I hope the weather cooperates.
On the world scene, we still have Ukraine to worry about, the US-Mexican border crisis, Biden’s tax-and-spend policies, inflation at every turn, and the economy heading towards recession. Crime is at an all-time high and homelessness is a scourge we can’t seem to alleviate.

But maybe, just maybe, 2023 will be a better year for all of us.

We can do our best and hope in the future.
Featured image/Jill Wellington, Pixabay
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Christmas motif/Elena Chukovskaya, Pixabay. Text supplied.