Christmas Presently…


Tis true, today is Three Kings’ Day, but twelve days ago it was Christmas.

A time of remembrance, of warmth, of gatherings near a healing hearth. And all of that was present this past Christmastime, a holiday spent with family.


Our Nightmare-Before-Christmas sort of snowman greeted all who crossed our threshold. There is nothing more inviting than entering a dwelling from frigid conditions and witness a plethora of radiant candles, beacons of welcome and comfort.

Our simple residence was festooned with an eclectic selection of holiday trinkets, from antique ornaments to slightly kitschy gewgaws scattered about.


Reindeer, Santa, and  glistening balls covered sundry surfaces, all giving a festive glow to the interior.


Nutcrackers held sway from above, their solemn gaze impenetrable, like the Moai from Easter Island, the former regaled in wondrous costume.


In other recesses, various St. Nicks’ peered from candlelit corners, admiring the walls bedecked in Christmas attire.


Wassailers perched under laden boughs, wishing all a healthy holiday season and new year.


Other characters wishing the same huddled in darkled corners, while a wan candle allowed a semblance of warmth.


May the warmth of our simple home provide you all a glimpse into comfort and calm in the New Year and may much health and happiness be yours.

Copyright, Paul Grignon, All Rights Reserved.


2 responses to “Christmas Presently…

  1. Dearest Paul,
    Hopefully you see this and remember me fondly.
    I have in my hand a letter you wrote to me in 1990 from Brookline. I’ve so regretted having lost touch with you. My last name has changed but a single key word that we shared in common should jog your memory: Garcia’s!
    You cannot know how thrilled I am to have found your blog and thereby a means of connecting with you. How I look forward to hearing from you.
    Much love,

    • My Dear Jan!
      What a lovely surprise to hear from you!!. Wow; 25 years ago was our last correspondence. Seems incredible, to say the least.
      Garcia’s, indeed! Yes! Of course I remember you, and quite fondly. I believe the last time we were in touch you were down in Jupiter, Florida, if I’m not mistaken. You appeared to be doing well, even with all your assorted trials and tribulations. I do hope that that is the case still, that you are doing wonderfully!
      How is everything in your world, and what have you been up to these past few decades. Seems strange to use that word, and yet it has been that long since last we chatted. Time does indeed fly (and fruit flies like a banana; one of my favorite quotes from Marx. Groucho, not Karl.) 🙂
      You must allow yourself to bend my ear and regale sundry tales of what you have been up to. ‘Tis grand to hear from, Jan, and I’d love to read your words, about your life over this time frame.
      You can always reach me at
      For now, take good care, stay warm wherever you may be, and know that I’ve thought about you over the years, wondering what that strong, funny, compassionate woman has been up to.
      Much love to you, too and warmest wishes,
      Paul xox

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