Happy Holidays

I feel a bit weird about writing ‘Happy Holidays’ this year. It’s been such a shitty year for so many people, and I don’t want to toss off a flippant greeting to someone whose days will be anything but happy. I don’t want to make anyone feel worse than they already do.

But yet, I do wish everyone happiness. I know we can’t be happy all the time; that’s why it’s a ‘wish’ and not a ‘command’. And I really don’t want to croak out some gloomy pronouncement that’s supposed to sound positive but actually just drags people down. (Now I’m imagining Marvin, the depressive robot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, moaning, “I’ll wish you Happy Holidays, but you won’t like it.”)

What can I offer instead? Best wishes for peace of mind and peace of home. Hope for the future. Comfort and strength for those who are struggling. Above all, good health. I want those things for everyone, not just now but all year round.

And you know what? I wish us all ‘Happy Holidays’. Not as a thoughtless rote greeting, but as a sincere hope and a positive intention. May we all find joy where we can, when we can; no matter how large or small the measure.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Yes, we had our first snowfall of the year, just in time for Christmas. Now, if only it’ll go away in time for New Year’s…

Book 16 update: I’m on Chapter 28 and Aydan is awash in complications. Now I have to decide whether to help her out or pile on a few more problems just to see what she does. Authors: Part empath, part sadist. ๐Ÿ˜‰

45 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. Very compassionate and Amen to all of it! Wishing us all better times and as many blessings as our hearts can hold.
    Be well and safe and hopeful everyone!

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  2. Just wish everyone a wonderful bunch of holidays and be done with it. Half the country will be struggling and half will not. But it is what it is. So have a wonderful season and drink a little for me in whatever you want to call it.

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  3. Happy holidays, peace and comfort to you and Phill. I too was troubled trying to write a blog post today. So many many people will not have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday or whatever. They will just be struggling to survive. Those who will have a reasonably normal Christmas are more than a little privileged. I am comforted by your ending wishes. Thank you. Love and hugs

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    • You’re welcome, and I’m glad you found comfort. Blogging can be tough sometimes, can’t it? First there’s the struggle to sort out our own feelings, then comes the tricky task of expressing them.

      I haven’t made it over to your blog yet, but will drop by soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. My sentiments exactly! Part of me wants to skip the whole โ€œhappy holidaysโ€ thing (I donโ€™t even feel like writing a blog, but I will, tomorrow), but a bigger part still wants to wish everyone happiness, love, and comfort. Itโ€™s a tricky thing.

    I sometimes envy the fiction author: you have so much control over… everything in the story! Happy writing and happy holiday season, Diane!

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  5. I know that the general situation nobody says merry Christmas and some people are there trying to take it off the books but I would appreciate a Me Christmas from you and I think the people that follow you would.You do a great job and I look forward every month to your letters, and your books of course. To you and yours a merry Christmas go inGodโ€˜s light

    Sent from my iPad

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  6. And right back at you! Crap year, for sure, but brighter days are ahead. THEY BETTER BE, OR THERE IS GOING TO BE REAL TROUBLE!!!

    Seriously, I do send you all the very best wishes for the holidays and especially for the new year. Weโ€™re all about due, I think. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  7. Nine more days, and 2020 will be behind us! ๐Ÿฅณ (Does that mean we have to stop the day-drinking??)

    And on that upbeat note, I’ll send you and hubby the best wishes we can from Casa Rudy. We’re keeping it low key here ourselves, staying settled in and safely away from the infected (infested?) masses. Have a good one! ๐Ÿฅ‚

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    • Thanks, Rudyโ„ข! And I’m not sure about stopping the day-drinking. That seems like a big step. Maybe we should just rename ‘day-drinking’ to ‘anticipatory cocktail hour(s)’. If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Thanks, Jono! I’m almost afraid to tempt fate by saying 2021 has to be better, but I’m hoping hard! By the way, are you blogging at a different site now? I haven’t seen anything new at your original site for a while.

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  8. Thank you for your lovely post. I hope you have a happy, joyful and peaceful holiday. Best wishes for an improved 2021.

    PS — try not to be too sadistic to Ayden!

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  9. Beautifully expressed Diane. Here’s to finding joy where we can. I’m currently watching the sunshine glisten of the super sized snowbanks on our front lawn. It really is pretty. These days one might have to look harder for happiness but there are moments. I too hope that folks who are struggling find peace, support and comfort.

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