A week of Christmas

We are having an oddly extended Christmas this year. First my friend Theo came down to spend a few days with us. It’s always wonderful to see him and we had a good time together. Since he was here with us, we opened some presents with him and had our Finnish Christmas dinner a day early. The next day, Christmas Eve, E. and I were alone. We had a sauna and a repeat of Christmas dinner, then opened our presents to each other. The next day, Christmas morning, we headed up to Maine have Christmas Day with my family. Kris was there and Daniel made it for a short visit as well. We had planned to stay in Maine for a couple of days, but a massive snowstorm is coming up the coast and about to hit Massachusetts. I spent Christmas Day evening and the next morning checking the weather forecasts every few hours and each time I looked, the total snowfall prediction kept creeping up by 4-6 inches. It’s now predicted to last from this evening until tomorrow evening and leave us with as much as two feet of snow. At first we thought we would just hang around in Maine for an extra day while the storm blew by, but as the snowfall prediction kept going up and up, we decided we had better head home early to get ahead of it. It was either dig our way out or dig our way in, and with so much snow predicted, we decided we’d rather be digging out. If we can get dug out, though, and the roads are clear, we mean to go back to Maine in a couple of days to spend a bit more time with family. In all, this is adding up to be the most drawn-out Christmas we’ve had, but that’s all right. I went into Christmastime this year feeling like I had too many things to do and not enough time to do them, so it’s quite nice to be able to enjoy Christmas and all the good things that come with it for a week or so.

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