Remains of the Day (After). A Christmas Story

The day after Christmas (in England, Boxing Day), is one of the best days of the year. Why? This is the afterglow; the day of low expectations, of well-earned relaxation, a day to revel in the glory that lingers from the Big Day.

Christmas day itself is like your wedding day. It is the culmination of months of planning and anticipation, and it’s over in a flash. Did you enjoy it? Do you remember it? Are you exhausted? A little queasy in the stomach? You get the idea.

The last post suggested no white Christmas here in Ohio. That was an incorrect prediction! Bands of snow came across the lake from our Canadian friends and carpeted us with a beautiful, fluffy and sticky carpet of white. The further east on the lake shore, the thicker that carpet became.

Our dear deer provided a nostalgic scene as they meandered across the snow, pushing their noses through the mounds and pulling at small tree branches that scattered flakes like confectioner’s sugar.

And then, as the evening set it, the temperature plummeted, as if to confirm that we should stay put today. Forget discounted wrappings and decorations. Break out the family games and leftover treats.

Today, no need to dress in anything fancier than pajamas, no need to carry out any but the essential personal grooming tasks. Dieting? Exercise? Bah, humbug. Maybe a walk, but nothing too taxing.

Today feels like the real gift. Enjoy it! After all, New Year’s is just around the corner.


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Author: A. JoAnn

Here is where I share the beauty I find in everyday life; and the humor, too!

5 thoughts

  1. Yeah, they said the worst day will be New Year’s Day. One week of this makes me almost want to move somewhere warmer.

  2. Merry Christmas and Here’s to your rescheduled holiday! It’s such a great feeling to have everyone back home. Enjoy! And thank you for the kind comment.

  3. Enjoy your company! Here’s hoping that you get some down time in the next week, before the old routines set in. I’m afraid that your 10 degree day is heading this way ?

  4. Nice! You’ve captured this feeling beautifully. I totally “get” it, although this year, our “Christmas” is on the 28th (when our millennials arrive in town) and our “Remains of the Day (After)” will be the 29th. I especially loved this part: “Forget discounted wrappings and decorations. Break out the family games and leftover treats.” Good on you!

  5. A high of 10 here in Michigan one would want to stay inside today too. My daughter is having her friends overnight to celebrate Christmas. So, we are out at the store buying more treats and the ingredients for white turkey chili. Maybe tomorrow we relax. Haha.

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