The 26th Day of Christmas

My parents hit the road this morning, and only had to turn back once after realizing they left their cell phone here. I think they were a bit disheveled after an intense night of Apples to Apples. Dad is competitive, and as much as I pretend to not care, I love whooping up on him. It’s those little victories in my life that make it all worth it …

South Dakota Apples game

It’s the morning after Christmas. The pups are snoring on the couch, I am on clean-up duty, and Country Man is doing chores. It’s still dark out, and while the world begins to open its eyes, I sit alone.

South Dakota chores

I laid in bed a long time last night, unable to fall asleep. It felt like every struggle, every stressor was knocking on the attic doors of my mind. Do you realize your parents are in their late 50’s? Do you know how much they love seeing you? Do you know how much they love you? Do they know how much you love them? Do you realize there are many people in this world, alone on Christmas? Did you know your parents are not going to live forever? Why do you struggle with your in-laws?Β  How can I love this man next to me so much it hurts?

I reached over and tapped on Country Man’s shoulder, and in half-sleep mode he mumbles, “What’s up, babe?”

“Just wanted to say Merry Christmas.”

“Merry Christmas, precious, I love you.”

I laid there for a little while longer, casting each care off until peaceful slumber began relaxing my mind.

It truly was a peaceful and beautiful Christmas.

South Dakota candle

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15 thoughts on “The 26th Day of Christmas

  1. In my wilder days, I spent some time in a bar just in the edge of Tennessee. I spent too much time there, really. I was going through a divorce and needed something other than the comfort of my family to get through it.

    At least that is what I thought.

    Then I dropped in a short time before Christmas and saw a Christmas tree in the corner. I asked the man behind the bar if he was open on Christmas. He nodded. It was one of his bigger days.

    “People that don’t have anywhere else to go, come here,” he said.

    It gets tough sometimes at Christmas in my world. I have to spend my whole Holiday season going here and going there. I have to go to her family’s house, my family’s house, the extended families of both sides have something and it all gets to be so much.

    I want to thank you for your post. For the first time in twenty years, you have made me remember that pitiful little Christmas tree in the bar down in Tennessee. That pitiful little Christmas tree that was decorated for those who had nowhere else to go.

    The hustle and bustle of my Christmas season has just suddenly become very small and petty indeed.

    Merry Christmas a day late!!!

    http://timkeen40.wordpress.com

    • Wow, I don’t know what to say, except that I appreciate your comment a great deal, Tim. It was very moving. This can be such a beautiful time of the year, or a very lonely one as well. I didn’t realize many people kept the bar open on Christmas day, but I’ve seen firsthand the loneliness that lifestyle can bring – throughout the year. And to think Christmas brings a need to be around others, where ever one can find them.
      Thank you for sharing a piece of your past.

  2. I believe all of us have those thoughts visit in the middle of the night…you are not alone. But somehow when the morning light shines it casts dark thoughts away and brings with it the hope of a new day. Even though we may not all put it into words…we’ve all been there. Great post..

  3. hey!! So funny…we played Apples to Apples with my parents on Christmas!!! True story! Beautiful pics and glad you had a beautiful Christmas! We did too. It was simple and it was great! Loved singing carols with my family around the piano πŸ™‚ Good luck with the cleaning…I’m partially delaying taking our tree down because of the trail of needles I know will be left behind! Oh, I saw you added me to your blogroll!! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. Good night, my friend.
    I came here to absorb the knowledge that you provide on this blog. I’m so glad to find this blog and read interesting articles.
    Nice to visit here. Next time I will come back.

    My greetings.
    Good luck!

  5. I just wanted to say thank you so much for the kind words you used to describe me in your blogroll. I just showed my sister and husband your blog, and I think I’ve got them addicted now too!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!

    Farrell

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