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  1. Wonderful post as always. Our Christmas is the same – extremely imperfect this year, but we will enjoy nonetheless. I wish you Alison and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and an amazingly wonderful New Year ?

  2. I had to laugh about Finn’s “malady”. While we haven’t been dealing with illness (knock on wood!), rising damp or car problems, I still don’t have all my ducks in a row just yet. My mother’s emotional lability tried to get the best of me yesterday but I refused to allow myself to succumb to her antics. And, as quickly as it came…it went. I ran errands all over town yesterday in increasingly chilly temps and hot, stuffy stores. Today I wrap gifts, finish decorating and put away the boxes of whatever I decide not to use at this late date. Tomorrow, after church, I will do some baking. Monday I’ll send “the boys” off to work and scurry around getting the house “clean enough”. And then…Christmas will happen.
    We women tend to work ourselves silly trying to create the sort of Christmas we idolize in our heads. The truth is that we are really the only one who notices or cares about much of it.
    A very merry Christmas to you and your family. And may 2020 bring you much peace and joy.

  3. So funny but I wish you could’ve seen me thinking Oh no what has he got ? Relief to laugh. Mine will be imperfect. I feel I am wading in treacle.
    Merry Christmas my dear friend. Here’s to 2020 !

  4. Real life in all its glory Alison! Beautifuly written as always. Merry Christmas and a Happy,Healthy New Year to you and your loved ones.

  5. Heavens! The flu is more than enough, never mind the car and a trip to Urgent Care! LOL Being diagnosed with an Adams apple is a relief I bet. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a speedy recovery. Online shopping for gifts and groceries are such a blessing during illness and I hope you took advantage of that. Take care of yourself and enjoy the Holiday.

  6. Merry Christmas to all of you, dear Alison. Long may you laugh about your Adam’s apple holiday! Reading your posts and those of wonderful women who are Brocante fans sure lifts my spirits.

  7. Thank you for another delightful post. Your Christmas maybe imperfect but sounds like it will be lovely. Perfection is very overrated. Merry Christmas to all of you and wishing you wonders in 2020.

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