Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve. The gifts are wrapped. The little one is in the bathtub. Mark is smoking a Boston Butt, from a small PA hog farm. I made bean soup, used 3 rolls of tape and 4 of gift wrap and am now spending a few moments of lull time at the computer.
There is a backlog of blog posts I’ll get to after Christmas–1 about how Martina’s stuffed reindeer, Prancer, made the sleigh team, 1 about the new goat, 1 about the old dog we found, a few about cool things the kids have been up to. For now I am planning on pouring a glass of wine and then another and another, eating beans and butt hehe and enjoying the evening with our kids, all FIVE of them here for the night. We will take a jar full of all our pocket change and leave it in the manger with Baby Jesus at the church up the road–our nod to the roots of our holiday tradition. We will exchange gifts with one another. We will be quiet. Maybe Randall will play some music for us. Maybe Travis will sing Feliz Navidad.
Tomorrow Santa rules the day. He will visit sometime tonight and leave a few small gifts for the children and hopefully drop Prancer off after her debut leading the team. We will visit Dad and enjoy his big, Victorian Christmas celebration complete with too many gifts and a turkey dinner. Then on to Mom’s, my ex’s house for a little socializing and then an exhausted fall back into our haven where we will put up our feet, sigh and enjoy the feeling of exhaustion peace that descends at dusk on Christmas Day.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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