Christmas Comes But Once a Year…

The holidays are challenging for lots of people for lots of reasons. I have much to be grateful for but sometimes, I find the holidays a little difficult, too.

It doesn’t help that I’m a highly sensitive soul, who takes the world far too seriously and feels things way too deeply. Plus, I’m highly allergic to people, and shopping malls make me break out in hives, and blinking lights make me nervous. Short sticky people who move in erratic patterns whilst generating loud noises make me recoil in horror.

I love movies and in the movie“The Secret Life of Bees” I found a character with whom I could truly identify: “May” (played by Sophie Okonedo).

May is the consummate highly sensitive person, and in one very memorable part of the movie, she tells Lily Owens, “Sometimes not feeling is the only way you can survive.”

If someone invented an off-switch for feelings, I’d consider them worthy of the Nobel Personal Peace Prize.

In the meantime – to my fellow old house lovers and sensitive souls – I hope you have a good new year!  😀

And thank you very much for reading my blog! It brings me much joy to know that folks enjoy the stories I publish here. For that, I am both humbled and grateful.

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Teddy The Dog hasn't told me how she feels about Christmas, but she has expressed a wish that she not be forced to sit in little red wagons again.


And from the man who would be Santa.

One of the people in my life for whom I am grateful: Wayne Ringer, the lawyer who looks more like a logger (and a lot like Santa). Photo is copyright 2014 Morgan Ringer and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.


Despite my fondest Christmas wish, the house featured in A Christmas Story is not a kit house. It is, however, a real house in Cleveland, Ohio.

Despite my fondest Christmas wish, the house featured in "A Christmas Story" is not a kit house. It is, however, a real house in Cleveland, Ohio. And the movie is one of my all-time favorite movies.


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  1. Donna

    Merry Christmas, Rose!

  2. Akon

    Thank you for this honest and uplifting message!

    Now traveling to my folk’s ranch, a 90min trip by train from my hometown of Oslo, Norway, I feel exactly like you describe- going home for the holidays will always be a little difficult.

    Reading your blog is certainly a comfort.

    I am grateful for the work done to make varied, ever intriguing posts!

  3. Janet LaMonica

    I’m glad we get to share time together throughout the year and hope that you, Wayne and yours have a delightful Christmas.

  4. Chris

    Although I wish you a holiday filled with family, fun and pleasant memories, Rose, I completely identify with the “difficulty” you describe.

    We are kindred spirits. Stay well and have a wonderful New Year!