Christmas Time

Christmas just came out of nowhere for me this year.  I had been working like a dog and busy with the family and kids and the next thing I knew it was Christmas Eve and I still had shopping to do!  Thank goodness for gift cards and shopping malls. 

Growing up, I looked forward to Christmas with such excitement and wonder, I loved the thought of Santa Claus, I loved the whole idea of wanting a gift really bad, but not knowing if you were good enough to actually earn it.  I loved the family dinners, I loved getting up early, I loved the stockings, the wrapping paper, the thrill of breaking out your gifts and playing with them all day and all night and waking up on the day after Christmas and checking out your gifts again to make sure it wasn’t a wonderful dream. 

This was the Christmas that I was most excited about, I couldn’t wait to see that look in Winston’s eyes, I knew he would just love the presents more than anything.  I knew he’d love Christmas just as much as I did when I was little.  Dalia liked Christmas too, she got beautiful clothing and My Little Ponies, but of course, she mostly enjoyed all the food. 

Thank you to all the family members who shared the holiday with us, my family loves you all and appreciates everything you do for us.  We had fun.  I really loved Jaclyn’s dinner on Christmas night, she’s the real deal, makes a meal that you might never forget.  When she puts her mind to something, she is the best at anything she does. 

Here are some photos from the holiday.  The last couple are of a hiking trip I took yesterday in the town of Jim Thorpe.  We hiked up a trail called Glen Onoko Falls.  The trail is only a mile and a half, but it is grueling and steep, but had some spectacular views.  The gentleman in the photo is San Diego Dave, he’s back from San Diego for about a week, what a pleasure catching up with him.  Miss having a fellow adventurer around all the time.

Winston admiring his presents on Christmas morning 

I purchased this jacket for Dalia at Pearl River in Soho, NY

Me with a new hat and a new Call of Duty Strategy Guide!

Winston just hanging out in his new Thomas the Train pajamas

Dalia enjoying one of Winston’s presents

This is how Winston fell asleep on Christmas, he didn’t want the day to end, and he wanted to sleep next to the glorious tree

Dave in front of one of the many waterfalls at Glen Onoko

In the top right, you can see the hint of more waterfalls

This is the waterfall at the peak, about 50 feet high


This is the photo I took at the top of the highest waterfall at the top of the peak, I was too close for comfort, hung for my life on a big tree

6 thoughts on “Christmas Time

  1. why does working like a dog mean you were working hard? a dog day afternoon is a lazy afternoon. then there is being whipped like a dog. i know my family’s dog never works very hard unless it’s eating or begging for food. so i looked up its origins:a sheepdog works from dawn till dusk for only room and board and affection. In olden days, the two sawyers who worked on a tree sawing planks were the top-dog and the under-dog. A dog in those days was a manual worker.and i found a few other examples of dogs that work hard:Because a dog’s sense of smell is a thousand times more sensitive than a human’s, canines are regularly used to detect bombs and other explosives. They sniff out illegal drugs and endangered plants, and they can use their snouts to reveal ailments such as cancer, diabetes and seizures.In England, dogs are used to sniff urine samples and identify which ones come from patients with bladder cancer, says Cynthia Otto, an associate professor of critical care at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Other dogs detect when a person with diabetes has a drop in blood sugar, or when a person who suffers from seizures is about to have an episode.In Horsham Robert Deem is used to sniff out lunch for his co-workers and provide them with cross word puzzles and trivia so they have something to do. He also emails about fantasy football and softball all day.Happy Holidays to my fellow message boarders!

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