I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What are you doing today, Christmas Day?


Beverly, our wonderful hostess for Pink Saturday, has asked us the question " What are you doing today, Christmas Day?"

As I tell you about my day, I will be showing you more of my new treasures!

First I will start with Christmas Eve. I am working Thursday night so when I come home from work on Friday morning, I am going to try to get as much sleep as I can. Being of Polish descent, I will be having Polish Holy Supper. Traditionally, it is the feast of 7 fishes but since I have a son who does not like fish, the menu needed to be modified. Prior to that, I will have gone to Mass. Joe will be working until 4:30 pm.

New Pink Ornament that Joe bought for me at 75% off. Deals are out there already!

I serve shrimp, scallops and chicken fingers along with pierogies, mushrooms and whole potatoes with butter. There will be just the 5 of us...... I get my fish already done up......

We are sort of doing a Gift Free Christmas. Yep, you are reading this right.
The boys and Danielle decided not to exchange gifts with each other and Joe and I told them not to buy anything for us as we truly do not need anything at this stage of our lives.
We will be gifting the boys money as we have in years past. They are out on their own and need that more than anything.
So the company of each other will be our gift to each other for Christmas.

I will then go to work for 11 pm on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, Hospitals do not close on Christmas!

Great mercury glass ornament that Joe bought for me!
I will remain at work until 7:30 am on Christmas Day morning.
When I get home, I will be throwing the ham and stuffing in the oven to cook while I do the kielbasi ( Polish, remember?) on top of the stove.

Look at these cute ornaments for 75% off! Now did I train Joe well or what???

I will then go to bed for about 3 hours. When I get up, I will put the turkey breast in the oven.
While it is cooking, I will be drinking a lot of coffee so I can wake up.......

Again, the boys and Danielle are coming for Christmas Day Dinner which will be served about 5 pm.

Cute little snowmen!
Joe and I also have decided not to buy each other gifts for Christmas. When we need or want something , we just go and buy it so to buy each other something just for the sake of opening a present on Christmas Day is sort of silly at this stage of our lives!

My greatest gift will be the time spent with my family!

Cute snowmen ornaments from J.C. Penney's
After the kids leave, Joe will pass out on the sofa ( turkey coma) then crawl up to bed usually about 9pm.

I will have the house to myself so I will be catching up on visiting all of you, my blogging friends!!
I will probably go to bed at my usual time when I do not have to work, 11 pm or 12 midnight.

So there it is. Nothing spectacular, nothing exciting.

You may ask why we do not visit relatives on Christmas Day?
Out of the past 32 years, I have only been off 2 entire Christmas Holidays and that was for childbirth. When you work night shift , the policy is if you are off the Eve of the holiday then you work the Day and vice versa. It rotates every year. This is the same for every holiday of the year so you do not have to be at work twice on the same day ( if you work the Eve, you are there until 7:30 am and may have to come back in for 11 pm that night). It is more fair that way.

But I have had to work either the Eve or the Day for 30 times now.......

while everyone else is off the 2 days plus more....

so we stay home and have for several years now!

I wish all of you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!!

I am linking up to these wonderful Blog parties:

Show and Tell Friday

Deck the Halls Friday

Pink Saturday

Seasonal Sunday

Amaze Me Monday

All things Merry and Brite



  1. aaaw that sounds lovely that you'll spend time with family. Those ornaments are really lovely :)

    we have family coming over for Christmas day and boxing day. I will be cooking Spanish chicken tomorrow night, traditional English roast turkey dinner for Christmas day and roast gammon with pineapple for boxing day.

    I can't believe Christmas is here already. I hope work goes OK for you tomorrow. I trained to be a nurse for a year (but dropped out of university after a year) so I know what you are talking about with shift work.

    I wish you and your family a healthy and happy Christmas followed by a wonderful New Year.

    Faraway hugs,


  2. HI Debbie.. I actually love what you and your family are doing this year with food and gifts. I'm not much of a fish person either...but all the other food sounds WONDERFUL :) :) I'm guessing no one will be hungry in your home ;) :)
    The ornaments are lovely and that's really sweet of your husband to by you something pretty and at a great deal, too :) :) What a nice hubby :) :)
    I want to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  3. Sounds wonderful. Enjoy your family and food. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Wonderful Christmas post, Debbie!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Your ornaments are beautiful. Dinner sounds great...save me a seat! Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Licks & Wags, Niki

  6. Fantastic! Christmas wishes from Holland,

  7. You must have the biggest house in town. You would need a lot of space for your beautiful things. I just never saw such beauty in one place.

  8. I does sound like you all have a lovely, quiet time planned and will make some memories that will be precious. Be sure to get some rest in between. My son works graveyard and loves it but it hard on him when the holidays are here. I hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas.

  9. Debbie ~ MERRY 'Christ'mas ... may your day be filled with joy & blessings.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  10. Merry Christmas, Debbie...You are such a hard worker and yet you have time to make a wonderful Christmas...Your new Mercury glass Ornament is just beautiful and the little candy ornies, too...yes, you trained your hubby well!
    Christmas Blessings,

  11. just beautiful! A blessed Merry Christmas to you and your Family.

  12. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas, Debbie. Your Christmas sounds wonderful surrounded by those you love.

    My husband and I decided not to exchange gifts this year either, but we sure have been having a wonderful holiday.

  13. Debbie you have such a lovely home and a terrific family. I think your tradition is great! I am of Slovenian decent so kielbasa is a standard dish at our house. I hope your Christmas was Merry and bright. Hugs to you always. Anne


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