I still have nothing at Christmas

for it is in giving that we receive the most

Marmaduke relaxing in the garret.

During this festive season I have nothing arranged, and expect to see nobody at all on Christmas Day.  I’d rather not be spending another festive season alone in the garret, but a little while ago my plans for Christmas were thrown into disarray.  I had arranged to take a trip to visit a friend, however my friend is now spending Christmas with their family, rather than with me.

I suppose I can’t complain about that, after all Christmas is the one time of year that you should really spend time with your family.  Sadly, for me there is only my sister, and she has her own husband and children to spend Christmas with.  I’d I be like the ghost at the feast if I went there.  I guess I can count Marmaduke as my family, so I won’t be totally alone here.

Some kind people have invited me to visit over the holidays….. I don’t know if I can do that.  Finding a flight just before Christmas, returning just after is very difficult this late in the day, actually it’s a’most impossible.  Any flight I’ve been able to find carries a hefty premium ~ like 50% above the normal fare, (or much more) for a really crappy set of connecting flights.  So, anyone travelling for Christmas will have had to have booked their flights some time ago.

Also, spending Christmas with someone I don’t know so well seems uncomfortable somehow ~ as though I would be intruding.  (My strong sense of ethics always stop me from having real fun.)

Whatever Hollywood might say, making last minute arrangements for Christmas Day is somewhere between difficult and impossible.  If you want to travel over the Holidays you have to book your journey well in advance ~ unless you are willing to pay double the normal fare for bad seats on flights that are the most difficult and inconvenient as possible.

Some say that their Christmas visit to the family was a last-minute idea.  And that the whole thing was quite spontaneous.  All I know is that flights over the Christmas Holiday have to be booked well in advance.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke still thinks we’re going away over the holidays

27 responses

  1. What a beautiful clean place! Do you ever get yourself flowers? Is that not masculine? 🤔🤔 Or are they too messy? I can’t stand not having green around. In Alaska, the huge windows are enough. Here, I crave flowers. Not ones with scent. Can you grow herbs in the garret? Those you could cook with, too!
    I do hope you can find some way to share with someone else for Christmas. Giving is the best part of that day. Or the day after…

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    1. Thank you ~ all my own work. I only ever but daffodils when they are in season, other flowers are a bit feminine and tend to drop petals.
      I’m certain that I’ll find ways to have a great Christmas. ❤ 😉

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      1. I adore daffodils! Even if they are toxic.

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  2. You have a lovely garret! Thanks for the peak.

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    1. Marmaduke says ‘Hello’. ❤

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      1. Hello Marmie! Keep JC warm and give him loads of love and Marmie hugs💕😀

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  3. I like your garret, Jack! Please try to think that every day is equal and that something good can happen on any day.

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    1. Thank you for liking the garret. I made almost all the furniture in here. The floor is garnished plywood ~ I was going to put planks over the ply, but I liked that finish too much to change it yet.
      Good things have happened today. ❤❤❤

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      1. That’s amazing that you made all the furniture! I like the floor as well. I’m happy to hear that good things have happened today! 🙂

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        1. Mermaid, your kindness is one of the very best things that hsve happened for me in a very long time 💖
          For my sins I can build, make, and fix just about anything ❤❤💘😎

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          1. Thank you, Jack. I’m happy to help. 🙂 How wonderful to have all of those skills. Which I believe are the result of goodness, perseverance, ability and the desire to learn. Be proud of all your accomplishments!

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  4. Well ghost at sis’ house is probably not that bad…but I don’t know, depends on your relationship with sister.
    In any case, imagine u r an orthodox guy and celebrate Xmas on 6-7 January as I do 😂😂

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    1. You have me pegged ~ I am an unorthodox chap. However I celebrate Christmas on December 25 th. My sister and I am sort of ‘estranged’ 😕

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      1. To celebrate 🎊 doesn’t mean you should be a believer 🙂 but no worries I understand- I celebrate it twice 😂
        I don’t drink alcohol tho. But I eat a lot & I play games (wishes) & diff fun, watching concerts, music etc

        Ok, “sis”-xmas doesn’t work then… kinda difficult, mmmm… you should choose: to be with people (no matter who they are; people are usually very nice during Xmas/new year) or to be on your own.

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        1. I don’t drink either, and I’m not a Christian anymore. I intend to eat a lot, and a lot of things I shouldn’t. I’m hoping for some really cool TV, and finding some inspiration.
          I’ll reach out to my online friends too, especially those who may also be on their own over Christmas.
          I’ve also decided that my life needs to be more spontaneous, rather than meticulously planned.
          Thanks for everything Sweetheart 💖💖💖

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          1. Yes, sometimes we have to try spontaneous…

            there’s still time for inspiration & probably out-of-ordinary-Xmas ☀️🎄🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🎊🎊😃

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  5. Porngirl 3, I think it would be better for your sanity and your love life if you did. 💖

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    1. Some days I look worse than that. 🙂

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      1. Ah-ha, this is more your style, eh?

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  6. I usually spend holidays in the company of my ex. Truthfully I’d rather be alone than spend time with him. But it’s that or split up holidays.

    I can’t wait until I’m married again and have someone I actually enjoy spending time with. Theoretically. Lol

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    1. The thought of spending any time at all with my ex is terrible. Spending Christmas with her would be among my worst nightmares. 😉

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      1. Tell me about it!! It’s hard. Really hard.

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        1. You had a family together, and that might mean you feel as though you have to see him. You Don’t ❤

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          1. This is a bit of a keep your enemies closer situation, unfortunately. It is for my own anxiety somewhat. To know the children are safe. But maybe I need to let that go.

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  7. That’s a bummer. I probably won’t be doing anything for Christmas either, but I’m not sad about it. I hope something nice happens for you ❤️

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    1. Something nice already has; you’ve been very caring. ❤

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