Merry Christmas

12/25/20 - posted by jb

“ Missed the Saturday dance
Heard they crowded the floor
Couldn't bear it without you
Don't get around much anymore”

Yes, in the immortal words of Duke Ellington, life has contracted while we battle to not contract Covid-19. And while this persistent pandemic gathers momentum, it has changed the way we celebrate our time honoured traditions like Christmas with family and friends.

Somehow, even with Shortcake’s daughter and now 4 dogs running round in ugly sweaters giving the Bumpass’s hounds a run for their money, our home seems empty. Missing are our cousins, Avi and Mary with their dog, who visit each Christmas and stay over, always bringing extraordinary wines and persimmon pudding for dessert along with their warm hearts and inviting laughter. Missing are our friends Don and Diane Kramer, who will now do a drive-by, exchanging the ham dinner they will have dining alone for some pear tart and rye bread I baked yesterday. And missing are the varied friends we’d invite, knowing they might be by themselves over the holiday and the special joy and surprises they always brought to the celebration.

This year, It seems as if our home is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past; thus, it feels good to walk down the avenues of old times and old friends here on the BB and wish each and all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year that cannot come soon enough. It will be a huge relief when 2020 really is in hindsight.

So with more immortal words, this time
from Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane:
“Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
Our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yule-tide gay
From now on
Our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.”

Cheers,
jb

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