The Yuletide has come again. Each year, I hope that Christmas will herald something better; it is the promise of something better that is the essence of Christmas, and perhaps that improvement is not always meant to happen right away. Sometimes we must be patient, and await our Christmas gift.
This year, I lost another two cats, two of my originals. Josie died in February, and Tucker earlier this month. Josie had her final Christmas with me, though I did not know it was her final one at the time. Even so, it was not a matter of hoping that she would hold on for one last holiday. I miss my old lady, but I was aware long ago that this would not be her Christmas.
I thought Tucker might make it to this far. I guessed that, if he did, it would be his last. But I hoped he would see one final Yuletide with me. As it turned out, he did. It just wasn’t this one.
Below is my Christmas card for 2021, inside and out. (You can enlarge the image by clicking on it.) I have included my roly poly. He deserved to be on this card; he survived so much that he has earned it.
I am off for four days this weekend, as I was last year. The usual chores require completion, but I will also relax, read books, listen to music and, of course, spend time with my three boys.
As Mr Poly said, “Merry Christmas, evrybuddy!!” God bless you all.
Merry Christmas from all of us!ReplyDelete
A happy Christmas to all in Brian's Home.Delete
Merry Christmas to you too. Thank you for the card.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas to you, Jackie and Ivor. Thank you for knowing Tucker.Delete
May your Christmas be bright and merry.ReplyDelete
May yours, as well, and all of ours.Delete
What a lovely card! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, despite all you've been through of late.ReplyDelete
Thank you, and may you enjoy the same.Delete
Your card is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. Please enjoy your time off, John, and may this Christmas be the start of all good things for you, your cats, and your readers. We wish everyone joy, peace, and good health.ReplyDelete
Roberta, Danni, Alex, Willow, Joey, Cassi and Pete
Your house is a full one this Christmas. I'm sure it will bring you delight and contentment; may it last until next Christmas!Delete
Merry Christmas, John. I hope you savour every moment off work and that you have a lovely four days. Peace and Blessings.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas to you, John. I hope you have a lovely four days off work; savour every moment! Wishing you Peace and Blessings.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas, John...and the same for Renn, Neville and Hector.ReplyDelete
May you all enjoy a fine time together.
Thank you. We intend to relax and have a small, furry family Christmas. I hope yours is just as happy.Delete
To you and your kitties, both those still on Earth and those who've earned their wings: Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
Thank you, and the best to you, the Hubby, Sweeties and the Boys. May the spirit of Christmas - maybe in the invisible form of the PO'M - stay long with you.Delete
Merry Christmas to you and the family. I know that your days off work and being at home will be wonderful, relaxing, and most of all-serene. You have the best company to be had. I used to say...still do really... when such times used to come to me that I would stretch my legs out onto a footstool, take off my shoes and socks and joyfully wiggle my toes; and just slouch down in the arm chair enjoying totally quietude and peace. Even if just for a short time. With a cat on my lap of course. Warming my heart and my day. You too, John. Enjoy your time at home.ReplyDelete
Merry Christmas John! Enjoy your break from work, even with the chores at home. I hope too, that 2022 brings all good things to you and the cats.ReplyDelete
Thank you. The best of Yuletides to you, and to your family.Delete
Thinking of you all this Christmas.ReplyDelete
Thank you. May your kind thoughts multiply the joys of your Christmas.Delete
Merry Christmas, John. Wishing you and yours peace, love, and joy.ReplyDelete
Thank you, and may you enjoy the same, until next Christmas and beyond.Delete
Merry Christmas John. Enjoy your mini break and let the relaxing begin.ReplyDelete
A happy Christmas to the two of you. I hope you enjoyed your 'pav'.Delete
Have a happy Christmas with the kitties and with memories of those who were fortunate to have been loved and cared for by you. <3 ~ All the best from all of us: me, Bridget, Penny & mom Julie xoxoReplyDelete
Annabelle & Boo
Merry Christmas, ladies!Delete
CHristmas is always hard after losing beloved kitties. I hope it wasn't too bad.ReplyDelete
I miss him most at meal-times, I think. But it was a good Christmas.Delete