Not just another day

We all need to mark the good times.

The Christmas tree of north Queensland, the Poinciana (Delonix regia).  Its giant red pompom flowers are seen all over the north of the state at this time of year, like enormous red Christmas tree baubles.

A reason to gather, to celebrate, to be with family if possible, to be grateful. Christmas is as good a time as any, even if you’re not religious. Today, I am gathering later with the Husband’s family, as my own is far, far away. Today I am celebrating the second most important festival of the Christian calendar. And today, I am grateful for so many things, great and small:

We have come (so far) through this pandemic with our health intact, and have lost no-one important to us to the ravages of the disease.

The Husband’s work is secure, we have food on the table and a roof over our heads.

Our household is filled with love, with people who encourage, support and admire each other. Even the furry ones…

The local harvest is in, the farmers’ income is secure for another year, and rain is falling to prepare the earth for planting next year’s crop.

My father’s passing was peaceful and easy, after a rich, varied and interesting 97 years on this earth.

I can still create and make and imagine and conceive ideas. My arthritic hands are holding out. There are many quilts still in my head demanding to be made.

I am grateful for the technology to speak face to face with friends and family everywhere, and to my father two days before he died, that will let me ‘attend’ his funeral virtually.

I am still grateful to be alive in this increasingly uncertain and wobbly world.

Long may it be so.

A very happy Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous and above all, healthy New Year to you all.

55 thoughts on “Not just another day

  1. Marty K says:

    Most beautifully said. ❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      I think we all feel this stuff, but sometimes I think it’s a good idea to actually say it. You realise your blessings so much more clearly once you’ve written them down.

  2. jmcheney says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Kate & your Husband & Family & to dear Mouse. I’m glad your anticipated rains have come. It’s snowing hard here in Asheville, North Carolina, & we will have a White Christmas. I too am thankful for all of our blessings & for the better New Year to come.
    Judith Cheney in the USA

    • katechiconi says:

      Dear Judith, thank you so much for the good wishes, and for the image of a white Christmas, which I haven’t seen in person since I was a child! Here, my glasses fog up instantly in the humidity the moment I step out of the house. A very happy Christmas to you and yours, and my best wishes for a greatly improved New Year!

  3. jmcheney says:

    Thank you too for the beautiful photo of the gorgeous Royal Poinciana tree. How I loved them when we lived in Florida.

  4. magpiesue says:

    Yes, yes, and yes to all the above. And yes, we can arrange a face-to-face soon. 🙂 It will be a quieter Christmas around here but peace is to be cherished.

    • katechiconi says:

      Quiet is good, and perfectly acceptable. Why must Christmas always be ‘The best ever’? It puts so much pressure on everyone and everything. Give me a nice quiet, peaceful, uneventful Christmas any day!

  5. Chris S in Canada says:

    I wish you a very happy Christmas as you remember all the good things. I hear so many people whining about Christmas being “cancelled”. I think those folks need to look outside themselves for just one little minute.

    Thanks for your wonderful words.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m lucky, and I know it. So many people are, but have been trained by the media to think they are expected to/entitled to have perfection. We should maybe all take a minute to be grateful things are not much, much worse.

  6. And I am grateful for the creativity and love that you share with us – what a gift!

  7. Moira says:

    Amen to all that you said! May you know many more blessings in the new year

  8. You’ve expressed these sentiments so well. I’m grateful similarly, and that I can choose how I spend the festive season. Long may it be so. Gentle rain has just begun here. Merry Christmas ❤

  9. cedar51 says:

    Great post, much to consider …thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • katechiconi says:

      Even in dark times and bad years, surrounded by disaster and bad health and pain, there is still always a light. And light shines so much brighter if you show and share it.

  10. knettycraft says:

    What a mindful list Kate. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. anne54 says:

    I am grateful for many similar things, Kate, especially the chance to be with my loved ones this Christmas. I hope your day has been peaceful, filled with love and laughter and good food. The best of wishes to you and John. ~hugs~

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s been peaceful, filled with cooking and good food, phone calls from distant family, with a few more still to go for those who are just waking up! It has been the quietest but certainly one of the more enjoyable Christmases of recent years. Hugs back atcha!

  12. Emmely says:

    Merry Christmas! We are celebrating with just the four of us but will interact with both our families through video calls.

  13. Susan Nixon says:

    Amen to all you said, and if I didn’t tell you before, condolences on the loss of your father. That is a hard loss. It’s the first white Christmas since I moved to Knoxville 11 years ago. Beautiful, but cold! I hope your gathering is blessed and happy.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, Susan. He’s missed, but is in a better place. We’re having a hot, wet Christmas, and it’s not very comfortable, but that’s life in the tropics. May your day be merry and bright!

  14. Dayphoto says:

    Merry Christmas!

  15. kymlucas says:

    Thank you. Very well said.

  16. This is a year we need nothing under the tree to find things to feel grateful about. My sister is recovering nicely and breathing well on her own. Who would have thought that would be a HUGE gift. I endorse everything on your list and more. I agree, we need reasons to stop and celebrate life itself and the small joys in it. Even Mr. Mouse has recovered nicely. What a great bonus for the end of the year. Merry Christmas, Kate.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so happy to hear your sister’s doing well after that massive surgery. Mouse wants you to know that he went back to the dog park today and he’s feeling so well that it holds no bad memories for him any longer – and Mum found the toenail that got pulled off! (Talk about a needle in a haystack, but there it was)

  17. Terri says:

    What a lovely Christmas message. You said what so many of us are thinking. Wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

    • katechiconi says:

      For myself, I find it important to keep sight of the fact that I’m extremely fortunate compared with others. I have a family to celebrate with, even if it’s not the one I was born into. I have the necessities of life and don’t feel I ‘deserve’ lots of new, expensive stuff. I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2021.

  18. Merry Christmas my friend and I’m so happy technology allowed me to see your beautiful smile yesterday. This year the world has seen us live our lives differently and has taught us to be extremely grateful for the littlest of things.
    I thank the good Lord for his watchful hand over us this year and May the next year be Blessed too. ❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      It was good to see you too, and hear how your family is managing to join together and celebrate despite the restrictions. Today J is back at work, so it’s me and Mouse and the housework! Here’s hoping for a clear path ahead for everyone in 2021. xxx

  19. I count your online friendship as one of my many blessings.

  20. kathyreeves says:

    Counting one’s blessing is always so worthwhile, it really shows us how fortunate we truly are. Happy Christmas to you and yours, and may the New Year be joyous and filled with love!

  21. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I want to give you my best wishes for a wonderful, happy and healthy 2021. Same for your husband and ofcourse for Sir Mouse. 😀

  22. Steph says:

    A great list. Merry Christmas!

  23. Beautiful, Kate. Happy New Year.

  24. Hope you had a happy Christmas.

  25. I’m catching up on my blog reading today… hence the late comment.
    What lovely things to be grateful for. We are still locked down and due to be for many more weeks, I suspect. But we too are warm and safe and healthy… it’s easy to feel blue, but there is so much to be thankful for.

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