Time has been waxing and waning in unsettling ways all year but does it seem, like, insane to you that Christmas is just a couple days away? (Or depending on when you read this, rapidly fading in the rearview?) I mean the evidence is all there to support holiday imminence — the gifts are wrapped, we’ve seen our favorite holiday movies, the Frasier fir-scented candle has been on deck for weeks, all the pets have been forced to wear the humiliating jingle collar at least once — but I definitely wish I could draw out this particular week for a while longer. The gift anticipation, the twinkle-light-fueled cheer, the part of winter where winter still has good branding before it slumps into the soggy, freezing February-adjacent doldrums.

(Not that it’s been particularly wintery as of late. Yesterday I was wearing thick boots and a giant sweater while I was out running errands and as the sweat pooled and trickled down my back I finally noticed the outside temperature: 65 degrees.)

I suppose I wouldn’t press pause on 2020 even if I could, though. When I went through the process of sifting through photos for our family holiday card I was grateful for all the good memories mixed in with the not-so-good ones, and for the reminder that there were bright moments that happened throughout this terrible horrible no good very bad year — but I’m RULL ready to turn that calendar page.

If you’re celebrating this week, I hope you have a lovely, restorative holiday. See you in 2021, friends.


6 Responses to “Last days of 2020”

  1. Kim on December 22nd, 2020 4:13 pm

    You photogenic mofos, absolutely gorgeous card.
    I know things won’t magically turn great on January 1st, but symbolically it’s going to feel so damn good to slam the book shut on this year.
    Here’s to better times ahead for all of us.

  2. Shawna on December 23rd, 2020 8:30 am

    Merry Christmas Linda! You’ve been a bright spot during my many days of slogging through work-from-home this year!

  3. Alison on December 23rd, 2020 9:45 pm

    Look at your beautiful family! So many pictures of your boys actually smiling. As a boy mom I am impressed.

    So agree. November/December have been a ridiculous blur. But ready for something that at least feels like a new beginning, even if it’s just symbolic.

  4. Kriss on December 24th, 2020 6:45 pm

    Happy Holidays!

    I’m so grateful you continue to write. I rarely comment, but your posts are always such a bright spot – you share yourself, yet guard your family better than any other writer I know of.

    And you have a book in there somewhere, too. I know you do, and can’t wait until you’re able to connect your story to your keyboard. Your blog posts are fantastic & your year-end survey/recaps were legendary. You’re a great writer, Linda. I hope you never forget that. <3

    Much love to you & yours, at Christmastime and always…

  5. sara on December 28th, 2020 7:12 am

    Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  6. Kelli on January 2nd, 2021 8:32 am

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Linda. I love your blog so much and have enjoyed your writing for years. Thank you for always returning to these pages to post. Here’s to 2021. xo

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