“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
J. K. Rowling from Harry Potter series
If you have kids or grandkids, you have probably been up for hours. I slept in until 7! I feel great! Jay is still asleep. I think he was monitoring the wind. It was pretty strong last night and he did a good job because we have heat and electricity this morning. I think he would have wakened me if anything was wrong. I’ll let him sleep. Our tradition is to fall asleep listening to midnight Mass with the Pope at the Vatican. The Italian language is so lovely. Last night it was two hours earlier so that parishioners could get home before the Covid curfew. We missed that memo, but found it replaying in progress.
We watched our Christmas service live-streaming online last night. There will be another service this morning at 10:30 AM (EST) if you are interested at St. Michael’s of the Valley Episcopal Church on FB. Father Jim always does a unique Christmas Story instead of a sermon and this year was probably a challenge but he came through with a story called “Bells”. I will definitely be listening again. If you like Christmas Stories with a touch of faith, he published a collection of his work in a book called, “A Dog in the Manger”. I love it!
Despite having rained all day yesterday, a white Christmas it is here. I just hope it’s not sheer ice underneath. It’s too cozy inside to go out and check just yet.
After hearing the weather forecast. I added more hay in the barn and battened down the hatches. I forgot to take pictures.
True to the tradition, Santa left baby Jesus in the manger.
I love how my mom wrapped him in white velvet. She wanted him to be warm. Every time I hear the passage that Mary wrapped Him in swaddling “cloths”, my mind reads “clothes”. Imagine her just taking some pieces of fabric, maybe some old linens and wrapping a newborn in them. This WAS her first rodeo and she didn’t have a baby shower. She had a husband and a donkey and her wits. No fancy selection of newborn onesies from Target, embroidered with cute sayings. Cloths. She used what she had to make what she needed. She had faith.
I forgot to mention the Angel that my mom jazzed up with feathers from our parakeet Tweety. She used what she had and I grew up thinking that THIS was THE most beautiful Angel ever! I still do.
So what does this quote from Harry Potter about socks of all things have to do with today? Sadly, this is the first year that I have not had socks to sell to you. The company I used to buy from sold to a bigger store in Canada and I missed it. I’m working on a plan B and custom sock, but I loved that sock and so did all of you! Just know that something is in the works.
When I read that quote, it reminded me of the year my friend Todd Wagner called on Christmas morning. He had his family coming that day for Christmas and some additional members who hadn’t been in the plan were joining too. Nothing was open on Christmas Day. Would Laurel Highlands Alpacas be open by chance? 20 minutes later he and Luci were here shopping and got a whole selection of socks for everyone! The story goes that when they opened their gifts, they were less than excited to have received socks. As he relayed the story to me later, they opened their gifts, looked at them, said, “oh great. Socks”, pushed them aside to get to the next gift. Well, he started to hear chatter around February that they sure hoped they were getting those specific socks again the next year and by July, they were making it a point to remind him. It became their tradition (and a fun tradition for us to have them shopping here) and I felt horrible letting them know, as soon as I knew, that I couldn’t get them anymore but that they were available at Walmart online. Ugh. I love Walmart but better get crackin’ so that I have a selection for next year. Right now, I have lots of fiber.
We’ll be Zooming our Egg Nog Taste off this year. Should be interesting since our store was out of Egg Nog. I have 2 from Aldi and I think Jay drank the ValeWood farms and Schneider’s that I got at, of all places, Big Lots!
So enough of this! Go enjoy your families, stay warm, wear good socks, and as always…
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!