Thursday, December 20, 2018

Dear Nora,

My dear granddaughter, I know you've grown so much since your daddy took this photograph a few years back. Now you share this little white Christmas tree with your little sister. Your mommy and daddy gave it to me before you were born, and I gave it back to you the year this picture was taken. 

That look of wonder in your eyes as it's lit in your bedroom makes your Mimi's heart skip a beat.

But someday you will be your mommy's age, or even my age, as hard as that is to imagine. So here's a little advice about Christmas from someone even older than your Mimi that maybe you'll find handy when you celebrate Christmas as an adult someday.

Christmas is not the time for attending to one's duty; it is the time for having attended to it. If duty must be done, do it early. If there are letters that ought to be written, cards that should be exchanged, packages that must be gotten off, do all these things in that first burst of Yuletide spirit engendered by the merchants in late November.
Abbie Graham
Time Off and On

So just remember, dear Nora, do what I say, not what I do. Don't save everything that should have been done in late November and early December for those final few days before the Christmas festivities begin. 

I wish someone had told me that way back when I was near your age, lying under our Christmas tree.

My love to you and your little sister,  sweet Nora! See you soon,

To my dear friends reading Dewena's Window, I know all of you are just as busy as I am this near to Christmas, probably more busy. But I am so behind in preparing for Christmas that I ask you to excuse me from the wonderful world of blogging until after Christmas. 

I do have a Christmas Eve post already scheduled, put together one night when I couldn't sleep, and I'll let it run as it's about family and for family, but please know that I want each of you to devote yourselves to your own holiday celebration and the family and friends around you and not even think about having to leave a comment here then, or just a hello if you feel so inclined.

I will return to visiting everyone after Christmas and RH and I wish each of you the most joyous times with your loved ones.

Love to you all as I pause to celebrate the birth of Christ with dear ones,



  1. I do love the name Nora! I think I prefer it being bustling rather than all done early. I remember the nights of putting together a present before the big day. Or wrapping presents late that same Christmas Eve. There's something magical about not being so organized, so ready early. Celebrate it, dear one! Most of us are in the same boat, and floating happily along!

  2. Merriest of Christmases to you and yours, Dewena!

  3. Merry Christmas sweet Dewena - may you find some peace and joy during this busy and most wonderful season! xo

  4. Merry, Merry Christmas, Dewena!

  5. Merry Christmas sweet friend. Enjoy.

  6. Love these photos Dewena! You always seem to have the best ones. (I’m here and I’m in one piece!).


  7. Merry Christmas, Dewena. I wish you and your family all the joy and blessings of this wonderful season!

  8. ****** Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! ******

    You come back, you hear, when you are good and ready.

  9. Merry Christmas sweet friend! I hope you have a blessed holiday with your family! Love and hugs to you!

  10. This is a lovely post and I'm always glad to see one from you! I'm running behind on a few things as well. I need to learn to pace myself. Hope you have a perfectly lovely Christmas my friend!!

  11. A lovely post …
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

  12. Great advice for your sweet Nora, and everyone, regarding the busy days before Christmas! Yes, one must indeed, begin their `to do` lists, early in the season, if they want to be more relaxed and at peace, to enjoy the most important gift of the season, the birth of our Lord.

    Blessings, to you and yours, my dear friend.


  13. Deweena, what a wonderful post... as usual... I spent lots of time before Christmas this year with two of my grands, and made the rounds to see those who live far from me. I am going to see them tomorrow, in fact.... thanks for reminding us all of the important things... and I hope you and RH and family had a great Christmas.

  14. Dewena, what a lovely post. I do so love your blog and am happy I found you. I hope you and your family had a beautiful Christmas!


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