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A Documentation of December 2020

December, you’ve been a strange month for me.

Let’s see….

I spend the first three weeks of you

Freaking out

Because I have a new job.

It is exciting,

Of course,

But also draining and disorienting.

I forget

That beginning to learn

New things

With new people

Leaves me feeling like

A shadow of myself.

I think that maybe

I do not enjoy learning.

Maybe I do not even know how to learn.

This is worrisome to me.

Maybe it is just that I do not like

To be uncomfortable,

Or perhaps it is certain methods of learning that

Wear me down.

Oh well.

The exhaustion belongs to December,

But the analyzing of it is January’s.

With all my emotional energy

Directed towards finding my footing at work,

The small ordinary tasks at home begin to feel monumental.

I make peanut butter balls,

But only get half of them dipped in chocolate,

And NEVER get them put into the freezer.

We just eat them all, undipped and unfrozen as they are.

Have you ever heard of such a thing???

Speaking of Christmas cookies,

I approach them differently this year.

(Not on purpose…

It just happens this way.)

I make one kind,

And then,


Next, I make another kind,

And then,


We do this four times.

I stop feeling weird about it somewhere around the third time.

I should have stopped feeling weird earlier though.

I know that now.

It is different,

But this year,

There is no reason why it isn’t okay to do things a different way.

Since we’re on the topic of doing things a different way…

All December,

Niggling in my mind is the knowledge that

Christmas will most likely not be

The way it normally is.

It already isn’t.  

It feels almost impossible to make plans for celebrating with our families.

Normally there are sleepovers and meals together…

This year,

Lockdown or not,

It doesn’t feel right to do those normal things.

In the days before Christmas,

Plans for Zoom gatherings and outdoor walks are made.

I feel better once I know what we are going to be doing,

And I begin to look forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

December 23-

Lying in bed-

Too tired to sleep-

All I can think is,

“It’s not supposed to be this way

It’s not supposed to be this way.”

So many things about

The world and


It’s not supposed to be this way.

Eventually, the knowledge that

Jesus comes to us

No matter what way we are

Cradles me to sleep.

December 24-

It is raining,

But it turns to snow and

The snow makes me feel happy.

Ricky and I run a few final errands,

And we are glad that we got out of our apartment for a little while.

It just feels right to be out and about on Christmas Eve.

Soon it is time to pick up the traditional pizza for supper.

I clean the snow off our car

While a thousand crows caw in the trees above me.

The pizza smells delicious as I drive the few minutes home.

It is right and good to be in a car with a pizza

On Christmas Eve.

We Zoom with Ricky’s family,

And it is wonderful to talk and laugh and do our traditional book gift exchange.

There is an underlying sadness to it at the same time.

It has been too long since we’ve all been together.

We walk through the lights in the park with my family.

And at the end of the day, we feel surprisingly happy and grateful.

December 25-

We wake up and discover that some of Ricky’s cousins

Have left a delicious treat for us on our balcony.

It makes us feel happy to think about them standing in our parking lot,

Tossing the bag up onto our balcony.

I chop squash, parsnips, and sweet potatoes,

As one does on Christmas morning.

We bundle up and head to Floradale for

A walk with my family.

It is the perfect snowy Christmas morning,

And it feels so good to be with family in person

That I feel the urge to frolic.

Rare footage of Jasmine frolicking

We warm up with hot apple cider in the yard,

Before Ricky and I head home.

We have a box with Christmas dinner in our trunk,

And gifts in our backseat.

It is too exciting.

When we get home,

I open the box with our lunch in it,

And there,

Right on top,

Love is winking at me sweetly.

(Thanks, Mom!

What a gift to be able to eat food made by my mom on Christmas Day.

Seeing how perfectly everything was prepared and packaged just about made me cry.)

We eat and open gifts over Zoom with my family.

We nap.

We watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

We snack.

It hits me that it has been a very good Christmas.


But very good.


December 26-

I put away most of the Christmas décor.

It’s sooner than I normally do,

But it feels right.

I am surprised to realize that I am

Feeling excited.

Excited about the new year,

I think.

Excited about some things I want to do,

I think.

Excited about snow and winter,

Of all things.

Of all things.


It’s just about the last thing I expected to feel.

There is much to look forward to in this life,

and that is a miracle of its own sort.

Christ is born!

We can rejoice in that.

And furthermore,

Christ has died,

Christ has risen,

And Christ is coming again.


Merry strange Christmas and happy brand new year from us!

This Christmas I learned that things can still be good, even if they are different than we are used to.

What do you want to remember from December 2020?

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing about this rollercoaster of a Christmas. The flexibility of those around us meant a lot during this time. Thanks for that gift.

    1. Come to think of it… I didn’t get any socks this Christmas! I’m a little sad about that, but at least I still have socks from last Christmas to tide me over. 🙂

  2. I want my 2020 December Remember to be how unexpected joys came out of an unusual and potentially sad time. I feel like you have experienced this, too, going by the descriptions in your post. Thanks for sharing your wonderful writing with us. And for contributing so well to our joy of family this Christmas!

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