Getting together with friends, whether at an assisted living facility where some live, an Indian fast food joint at the mall, quick before it goes out of business, or around my table for lunch or tea and cookies.

The music of Christmas: a youth symphony concert, a lessons and carols service at church, Pandora’s Christmas playlist…

The food of Christmas: lefse, creamed herring, homemade krumkake, oyster soup and of course Christmas cookies galore.

Baking: coconut scones with maraschino cherries in them was my invention for this year.

The poetry and stories of Christmas: a friend shared “What the Donkey Saw” by U. A. Fanthorpe and “A Cup of Christmas Tea” by Hegg.

My sentimental read this year was Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas by Jonathan Lane and Sal Lizard.

The dogs of Christmas: Leader Dog pups came to visit and Ivanna (my retired guide dog) will come for a sleepover to help watch for Santa Christmas Eve.

Advent: complete with an Advent calendar a friend made with the little pockets with candy in them numbered in braille and the church booklet provided electronically by the publisher without any hassle!

The letters of Christmas: hearing from people I’ve known for years about the joys and sorrows of their year; sending out my letter electronically but not being techie enough to realize the photos in it didn’t go. The recipients got to experience my world complete with descriptions of pictures but no pictures! Oops!

Brailling letters from Santa to two blind kids: Santa even shared a joke: “What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?” Answer: “Frostbite!”

The gift-giving of Christmas: being able to deliver at least one perfect gift, a bag of Oreos to the priest whose grin stretched from ear to ear.

The memories of Christmas: the year I was twelve and got a parakeet for Christmas is one of my favorites.

The smells of Christmas: pine wreaths and trees, baking, candles…

Wishing you all the sights, sounds, smells and warm memories and feelings of the season.

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