Daily Quote: December 24, 2021

If you want to be happy for life, love what you do.

~ Mary Higgins Clark
American – Author / December 24, 1927 – January 31, 2020

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Christmas Eve is finally here. This is the day I gather my family for a nice evening meal and we exchange gifts. I never thought I’d see the day where they were all going to have COVID rapid tests before entering my house. Our gathering is small, only 8 adults and 4 children, but with OMICRON variant abounding my children think it’s the responsible thing to do. Be certain to leave a mask our for Santa in case he forgot his.

Today is usually my favorite day to go shopping: Last-Minute Shopper’s Day. But this year I did most of my shopping via Amazon so everything was delivered and wrapped early this year.

A glass of Egg Nog for the Evening meal to celebrate National Egg Nog Day, with our without rum. 😉

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Daily Quote: December 24, 2020

Composition in photography
is like rhythm in music.

~ Rodney Smith (American Photographer: December 24, 2020 – December 5, 2016)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*Christmas Eve 2020 in Ontario and everyone is preparing for the Province Wide Lockdown starting Boxing Day (December 26, 2020). Our last time to be officially permitted to see family/friends in groups of 5 or less. With the vaccine being approved and distribution starting the number of vaccines available is still less than 1% of the population. Essential workers and the most vulnerable will receive the vaccine first. A vaccine hasn’t even been developed/approved yet for children.

*Weddings during the pandemic of 2020 certainly were different compared to what we had become accustomed to. The size of the wedding in mid-December 2020 was limited to 30 including the wedding party and officiant. Face masks were worn as people walked down the aisle, sat in their seats and witnessed the signing of the documents. Plexiglass shields were required if live music was to be included. Lysol wipes and disinfectant spray was required as soon as the live music was completed. In this picture of the December 12th, 2020 wedding the wipes and spray are still sitting at the bride’s feet. The Bride and Groom are signing the documents behind plexiglass. The witnesses are wearing their masks. And the officiant is advising where to sign on the other side of the plexiglass. The plexiglass holders (built by my husband and painted by me) were an original design to ensure we met the COVID-19 restrictions. To me this picture resonates with the love and determination of people to keep things as normal as possible during the pandemic.

To learn more about the quote I paired with my photograph (quote by Rodney Smith) please go to the link:

Daily Quote: December 24

If you want to be happy for life,
love what you do.
~Mary Higgins Clark (Born: December 24, 1927)

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is when I celebrate the season with my children and their growing families. Leaving Christmas morning for my children to celebrate with their families and Boxing Day for them to celebrate with their in-laws.

At the very beginning of Christmas holidays I make supper for them.  This year we’re having ham, meatballs, cheesy potatoes, and creamed corn.

Gifts for the grandchildren of books to read during their holidays are opened.  I’ve prepared a small gift of homemade jam and dish clothes for our children with a universal gift certificate of cash included.  But the best gift of all is the one my husband and I receive of just being together with our family.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas filled with love and memories.

~ Deborah Porte