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Happy, Merry Christmas (Break!)

Ahhhh… that wonderful feeling of two weeks off of school.  It has been at least six years since I’ve had such an extended break from work for Christmas.  The last week of school was crazy, with students leaving early for vacation — some of them physically and more of them mentally — plus an altered schedule to accommodate high school finals.  Then on Friday I started coughing.  Then my throat hurt.  Then my head hurt.  Then my back started to ache.  I ditched my plans to go to the Y after work and instead came home, put on comfy clothes, and took a nap.

Saturday I didn’t feel any better, and Stephan felt my face and said I was hot.  Sure enough, a fever that got to 101.6.  I slept on and off all day, graded a few papers (since I was just sitting in the recliner by the wood stove anyway) and re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Sunday I felt better and my fever was down, but I skipped church to rest (except I also cleaned the house because we were going to have guests on Monday.  Bad move, probably, but at least my house wasn’t completely filthy.)  Monday we had our annual Christmas Eve brunch featuring Monte Cristos, Scotch Eggs, and Biscuits & Gravy.  This year we also had fried potatoes au gratin.  Basically, the meal was 16, 302 calories.  (That’s an estimate.)  I was thankful for each guest who came, and especially thankful that they weren’t offended that I sneaked off to take a nap while they were all there.

Stephan has to work on Christmas Day every year — a morning and an afternoon delivery of ice sculptures to the casino in a nearby city.  So we opened our stockings in the morning before the first delivery, opened one more gift when he returned, and then ate leftovers from the previous day’s brunch and watched Christmas movies.  (How have I gone so long without seeing Elf in its entirety?  What a great movie!)  Stephan’s off as I write this, delivering the second sculpture of the day, and when he comes back we’ll open the rest of our gifts.

Tomorrow we’ll go to his parents’ house for the extended family Christmas, possibly in the midst of a snowstorm, which is okay by me!  I feel like it’s been a long time since we’ve had a proper winter.  Last year was like late February all winter long — warmish and rainy, but almost no snow.  Especially since I have nowhere in particular to go for the next week and a half, I’m perfectly ready for the eight to twelve inches of snow predicted!

My plan is to do schoolwork on Thursday and Friday this week and get that out of the way (I hope!) and then relax for the remainder of my vacation.  I’m so happy to have a vacation.

More than that, though, I am thankful for Jesus, whom we celebrate this season!  He is the best gift.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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