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Mischief Managed

It seems like a weird title for an advent activity based on kindness but it’s what popped into my head. Perhaps I’ve forgotten how to write on the fly daily so will just push onward.

Today’s activity was to drop off a slice of chocolate cake in my coauthor’s mail box. I actually surprised her as I had swapped day’s around and so she wasn’t expecting me, the chocolate saskatoon rye loaf (from a great Canadian  cookbook called Feast) or the container of golden harvest soup (a fav of J and her other half). We had a lovely doorstep visit as the weather cooperated.

I also dropped off part of the surprise from the activity from the 4th. It’s the quilt that you can see above. I wanted to hug the recipient so badly but will let the flannel quilt do that for me.

Then, with my city mischief managed, I came home to enjoy the later part of the afternoon outside. At -1 it’s like a winter heat wave and so I took advantage of it. Let’s just say I am stockpiling activities today and leave it at that.

The evening was spent finding my Christmas spirit. Strangely enough that included making the dining room table smaller. In any other year we would be adding all the leaves so we could host 12 to 20 at the table but not in 2020. It won’t see anyone but us at it. None the less we decorated it, the dining room, the tree and the rest of the house. My other half had decorated a good portion of the house today so we finished it off. As he wisely pointed out we can enjoy it just fine by ourselves.

I treasurer many items but the candle sticks given to me by a patient in 1977 are always a thrill to unpack. I don’t remember her name but I can easily recall what she had done and my time spent caring for her pre and post op. Those candle sticks are my oldest Christmas decor and actually predate my husband!

What’s the one item (so not people or food) that “makes” the season special for you?

Bernie

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I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

13 thoughts on “Mischief Managed

  1. Years ago, I purchased a large, metal reindeer that holds small, round candles on each antler tip (6 in all). At the time the money I paid was a stretch, but it makes me so happy every time I put it up at the beginning of the season. Now, of course, I have no memory of the cost, just memories of fun Christmases past.

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    1. Sounds like a beautiful piece Janis and isn’t it great that it has happy memories and not the pricey memory! It’s like the food we “slave over” – hardly anyone remembers what it was a year later but they recall the good time had around the table. Thanks for stopping in and engaging in part of what makes cheistm

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    2. Sounds like a beautiful piece Janis and isn’t it great that it has happy memories and not the pricey memory! It’s like the food we “slave over” – hardly anyone remembers what it was a year later but they recall the good time had around the table. Thanks for stopping in and engaging in part of what makes Christmas special to you.

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  2. I have a wooden nut bowl from my parent’s house, complete with cracking and picking implements. It only came out at Christmas, and was kept filled with assorted nuts in the shell. It brings me right back to my childhood Christmases, every time I see it.
    Deb

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    1. Oh Deb – we also have one from my husband’s family. We never use it but we’ve never thrown it out! Do you put nuts in it? It certainly does harken back to the 60’s doesn’t it! Thanks for stopping in and sharing your special Christmas item. Take care of yourself and stay safe.

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  3. I think the one item that makes the Season special for me and Patty is the first playing of The Carpenters, Christmas Portrait Album, not any subsequent release or compilation, but the original as pressed (can you press a cassette?) on October 13, 1978, just over a year after we were married. It is still our Christmas album of choice and woe betide me if I play a more recent release or if the songs are out of order. I hear about it. Thank goodness for Itunes and playlists. Stay well Bernie. Allan

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    1. Ah music. What a great pick! It can certainly transport you to a time and place for sure. Now I have to go look up that album on Spotify! And no — don’t think one pressed a cassette but I do remember both them and 8 tracks! Enjoy your musical interludes. Take care and thanks for stopping in to share your special Christmas item.

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    1. I remember seeing yours in Christmases past. Ron loves our Christmas village and always takes the time and energy to put it up. Thanks for sharing your special item. Georgina and stay safe out there.

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    1. Well that would have been a good idea! Will try to weave that into another blog post as the days go along Donna. I had forgotten what a challenge daily blogging is!

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