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December 24, 2016 5:38pm CST
I remember one year - when I was a wee little thing and believed in the birth of a baby boy who was God's son - insisting that we put candles on the Christmas cake and sing Happy Birthday! to Jesus. This picture {thank you, Google} reminds me of this, and of excitedly going to church on Christmas morning to show off the presents brought in the night by Father Christmas. Laying the table with the best cutlery, watching Top of the Pops before sitting down to eat with the Christmas number one jumping around in my head, and the annual ritual of the pulling of the crackers, inevitably resulting in a cheap plastic toy ring drowning in gravy. Life was grand. Now it just feels like any other night. I have no excitement or pizazz for what the next couple of days might bring. This doesn't make me sad. It's simply that Oompf has yet to make a reappearance. Come back, Oompf. All is forgiven. Merry Christmas, my lovelies. Eat, drink and be merry!
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@shivamani10 (11233)
• Hyderabad, India
25 Dec 16
yes Merry Christmas to you too
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@GardenGerty (99141)
• United States
24 Dec 16
Christmas in many ways is more meaningful to me now. No anxiety over the fact that I was not getting everything on my list, etc. Many years we had a cake that said "Joyous Jesus' Birthday" and Christmas is not the presents but is the Presence. I hope your oomph comes back.
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@Mike197602 (13456)
• Worcester, England
24 Dec 16
I'm going to work in a few hours...I may be merry on my return Have a great day anyway...love from scrooge
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@pgntwo (21645)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 Dec 16
Hope you find your mojo 'neath the Christmas Tree :)
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@ms1864 (6992)
• Bangalore, India
25 Dec 16
Merry Christmas!
@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
25 Dec 16
Merry Christmas again Elizabeth. Hope you get some oomph back.
@PatZAnthony (12614)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Dec 16
When you were a child, everything was put in place for you. Nice! Now things have changed.
@amadeo (65575)
• United States
24 Dec 16
we are quiet this weekend.