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Reason for the Season

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Warm wishes to my blogger community and their families this holiday season and throughout the New Year! I give thanks to God for all of His beautiful…

Reason for the Season

©2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half


Fandango’s Flashback Friday: originally posted December 25, 2018

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Merry Christmas 2020 – gifts

Michael at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie posed the following challenge: This week, because it is Christmas Eve, write about a gift you received or gave, or about being gifted in some way.

When I was a little girl I somehow became obsessed with the Betty Boop character. It all started with a nightshirt my mother gave me that I wore until all print faded. For many years after, my collection steadily grew to include a range of items from T-shirts and socks to a custom license plate, all gifted me either for Christmas or my birthday. One year my best friend gave me a porcelain cookie jar in the shape of Betty Boop on a motorcycle, and her husband added to my figurine collection with a few gems he found in New York City. Soon, their oldest daughter joined in with some lovely surprises of her own, including a Betty Boop salt-n-pepper shaker and Tervis drinking cup.

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Well, today I received this beautiful Christmas gift from my son – two canvas paintings he commissioned from my best friend’s granddaughter, now the third generation to support my obsession. I’ve admired this young lady’s talents since she was a toddler and I am proud to be the new owner of a set of mani.cartoonz originals.


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My SONshine!!!

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So much joy returned to my home the moment my son walked through the door. I couldn’t have asked for a better present this holiday season. He hasn’t just been great company; he’s been my personal chef. My son has cooked every day this week and all of his meals are healthy and centre on plant-based foods. That’ll probably continue up until Christmas Day, when I temporarily reclaim my kitchen to create a traditional spread with all the fixins.

There is one perplexing thing that’s occurred this visit and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. For more than half his life my son has challenged me in Scrabble and the other day he defeated me for his first win EVER! I trust I’ll continue to hear about this victory long after he leaves. I don’t think my son would use such guile against me but maybe….just maybe….his good cooking was all a ploy to get me to let my guard down. Hmm!


©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for Daily Spur (trust); Three Things Challenge/3TC (Christmas Day, centre, door); Ragtag Daily Prompt/RDP (joy); Your Daily Word Prompt (present); Word of the Day/WOTD (perplex); Fandango’s One Word Challenge/FOWC (guile)

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Joy of Christmas

Hoping Santa is on his way

Conspiring children sleep in shifts

Then charge to open Christmas gifts

Wishing for toys and games to play

Wondrous joy of the Holiday

Beautiful festive time of year

When optimism fills the air

Wish lists of goodies kids deserve

Shopping frenzy may work a nerve

Blessings of love and Christmas cheer


©️2020 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by: Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge (gift on B line); Your Daily Word Prompt (optimism); FWOC (nerve); RDP (festive); WOTD (charge)

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized

Reason for the Season

Warm wishes to my blogger community and their families this holiday season and throughout the New Year! I give thanks to God for all of His beautiful gifts and the opportunity to share mine with you.

🎄MERRY CHRISTMAS!🎄

©️2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf