Merry Christmas!

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 252011

Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Hindu, agnostic or atheist, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, or whatever else gets the message across that I hope you have a wonderful day, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

I hope you are in good health, that you’re with people that you love, and that you’re warm and safe. It doesn’t matter what kind of presents may be under your Christmas tree, if you have all of that, you are truly blessed.

Terry and I don’t usually give each other gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or anniversaries. If we need something, we get it, whatever time of year it is. We’ve never felt that we need to give each other something to say I love you. We do that a hundred times a day, with words, with smiles, with caresses as we pass by one another, and by being there in good times and bad.

Yesterday was a relaxed but busy day at home. Terry baked seven loaves of delicious oat and flax bread to share with our friends and neighbors here at the Thousand Trails campground, and I spent most of the day answering e-mails and writing. During the afternoon, our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel called from their snowbird roost in Mission, Texas, where it was chilly and windy. I couldn’t help rubbing it in when I told Ron it was 80 degrees here in Florida, and that  we had our windows open to take advantage of the gentle breeze.

A little later on, our friends Dave and Jean Damon came by for a visit, and then Wil Olsen showed up to claim his bread. I’m not sure if any made it back to his wife, but I swear Cyndy, he had it when he left here! That’s where my responsibility ended. 🙂

During the evening, we watched Christmas videos on television, while Terry worked on a crocheting project, and I finished another chapter in my new book. And munched on slices of her fresh bread. I think it was some of the best she’s ever baked. 

Today we’ll call our family back in Arizona, and have a quiet morning with just the two of us. This afternoon we’re going to go to an early dinner with Dave and Jean Damon, just like we did last year. We’ve got a new Chinese restaurant we want to try out. Now that’s my kind of Christmas tradition!

Tomorrow we’ll move back to the Escapees Sumter Oaks campground, just south of Bushnell, for a few days. A couple who are blog readers are coming over to buy our hard shell kayaks, and we want to touch base with our friends Al Hesselbart, Bob and Rita Meredith, and John Culp, who are all staying nearby.

I’ll close this blog by saying that when I count the treasures in my life, all of you are on the list, whether we’ve hung out together and broken bread, only exchanged an occasional e-mail, or if you are one of the thousands of blog readers I’ve never met or heard from, but who are still a part of what we do, and why we do it. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.

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  13 Responses to “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Merry Christmas Nick and Terri.
    Barry & Joyce Crocker

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Spending Christmas with kids and Grandkids … will be on the way to warm weather tomorrow!

  3. A very Merry Christmas to you both and may you have another wonderful year and more. One day we hope to ‘break bread’ with you but in the meantime, we enjoy our daily blog contact.

    Lu and Larry

  4. Merry Christmas, Nick and Terry. And a Happy New Year as well!

  5. Merry Christmas to Nick, Terry, annd all blog reading friends and future friends.

  6. Merry Christmas to both of you and many hugs.
    Peter And Connie B.

  7. And the same to You and Terry

  8. Merry Christmas Nick and Terry from Steve and Karen. May the coming year hold many good surprises and adventures for all of our RVing families. Our goal is to begin the FTing lifestyle in 2012, so hopefully we’ll be experiencing those warm breezes next Christmas! Safe travels to all.

  9. Merry Christmas, wish we were with you both.

    A NEW Chinese Buffet, sounds a little risky to me. Hope it’s great. We had our usual Christmas Eve at King Food, been going there for 30 years now. It was all so good, especially the pan fried noodles.

    Have a lovely day…

  10. Merry Christmas dear friends, hope the new Chinese Restaurant is good. See you in March in warm AZ. Be safe in your travels

  11. Glad you had such a wonderful Christmas with Terry, as always, and with cherished friends..Thanks for the best wishes for the coming year, the same to you! ….Eldy and Jeannie

  12. Really like the Strongback chair I received for Christmas, per your recommendation. My wife likes her pink one too! Merry Christmas to you and Terry. I also like my new Craftsman air compressor that Greg recommended!

  13. Thanks for the beautiful Christmas wishes and for all that you and Miss Terry do. As a reader of your blog and books, from our hearts to yours . . . Merry Christmas!

    Sharon & Ron

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