Yes, this is filled with whisky

Yes, this is filled with whisky

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!




Last week I received this lovely card  from blog reader Kitty.  When I opened it, I thought, "Wow, what a beautiful church. That looks a lot like Most Holy Trinity!'  And when I opened it, and saw the quote, I realized it IS Most Holy Trinity. It's Betty Smith's church!

It's a perfect card for all us book lovers, and for me specifically because this is my church too! And Kitty knew that from this blog.

I can't think of a better illustration of a lovely friendship. Thank you Kitty!



I thank God today  for my many many blessings.  The readership of this blog, yes that means all y'all, is very high on that list.

I hope your day will be filled with love, however and whatever you celebrate.

45 comments:

Kitty said...

OH. MY. GOSH. What a lovely surprise! Thank you :) And a Merry Christmas to you, too, Janet, and to all the Reiders!

Btw, it's been so warm here that yesterday the priest said it was the first time he could ever remember needing the church doors open for fresh air.

Best wishes for 2016!

Kitty said...

P.S. "...the priest said it was the first time he could ever remember needing the church doors open for fresh air on Christmas Eve

french sojourn said...


Happy Holidays my Reiderish friends out there in the rarefied electronic strata. I hope you all indulge in your writing,more than your time allows.

From my home to yours, be well this year.

Lots of Love;

Hank

Megan V said...

Merry Christmas Janet!

And Happy Holidays fellow Reiders. :)

Wishing you all a day filled with warm fuzzies.

Jed Cullan said...

Merry Christmas to Sharkums and all the blog readers.

I'm glad to see Santa made it around the globe all right, even with his detour to the hospital because of his minor Elf problem.

Robert Ceres said...

I went to this blog today because I knew there would be a wonderful Christmas message, and there it is. Merry Christmas Janet to you and all your readers.

CynthiaMc said...

It's hot as heck here, too. Merry Christmas!

CynthiaMc said...

Merry Christmas, everyone! May all our literary dreams come true.

Amanda Capper said...

Merry Green Christmas from Canada. Very strange. Not sure I like it.

Health, happiness, peace, and prosperity to all my fellow Reiders, and certainly to our Queen.

Cheers,
Amanda

Robert Ceres said...

It may not be a white Christmas in central Pennsylvania, but the grass has turned green. Green is a Christmas color,right?

Lisa Bodenheim said...

Merry Christmas (yes, we received some snow, yay) and a wonderful holiday celebrations to Janet and all the Reiders.

french sojourn said...


Pardon my forgetfulness, a lot on my mind lately. I realized I forgot to add this:

Happy Holidays Madame Sharque, I am so thankful for your daily gifts of wisdom, and that I have this wonderful commentland to visit.

Clear water, ample chum, and following seas to you this year.

Cheers Hank.

E.M. Goldsmith said...

Merry Christmas, Janet and all your wonderful Reiders.

A.J. Cattapan said...

Merry Christmas, QOTKU! Merry Christmas, everyone! Buon natale!

nightsmusic said...

Merry Christmas to all but especially to Janet for giving us a place to question, learn, grieve and cheer each other on. I hope you all have a lovely day.

It's 10:15am here in Michigan and 40 degrees. Yesterday, it was almost 60. I miss my snow. Alas, after three days of an exhausting whirlwind of grocering, baking and cooking for everyone for dinner last night, I am now indulging in my annual Christmas sick-a-thon. :(

CynthiaMc, I'm so glad your husband is home. Best Christmas pressie. You both need to sleep the day away tomorrow.

Dave Rudden said...

Janet - I mailed you a gift yesterday. I know it is a bit late for Christmas, but I am sure you will enjoy it. I promise it is not a industrial pack of toilet paper.

Everyone - Merry Christmas.

Janice L. Grinyer said...

Merry Christmas Janet, and all the Reiders!

And what a beautiful church, and card from Kitty. A tree does grow in Brooklyn, indeed.

It is snowing here; so not only do we have a white Christmas, but we have moisture on the ground for next year's hay crop. A Merry Christmas for sure :)

Just Jan said...

Merry Christmas, Janet and everyone here! May your day be wonderful and special.

Panda in Chief said...

Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for all the collective wisdom. That is truly a gift to be thankful for.

Dena Pawling said...


Turkey is stuffed and in the oven. That plus clean-up after dinner are my Christmas chores. Hubby and kids do everything else. We've had Christmases in the 70s, and we took photos of ourselves in shorts and t-shirts, sometimes even at the beach. Not this year. It was 36 degrees here when I woke up. BBRRRRR. Later today and tomorrow supposed to be windy and only high 50s. BBRRRRRR. Yes, we here in SoCal are weather wimps.

Skyping with Navy son in an hour. I hope everyone here has a wonderful Christmas.

Dena Pawling said...


Just found this in my twitter feed. Thought it was appropriate.

"Meet the new queen of unusual sharks" --

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-unusual-sharks-ranked-ninja-lantern-2015-12

Kara Ringenbach said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

So 'Santa' (I) got my 3-yr-old daughter the movie Finding Nemo. I've actually never seen it and sat down to watch it with her. Couldn't help but chuckle at the shark. That is sure an unusual alias to have chosen! Somehow though, it fits :) Merry Christmas Janet and thanks for this awesome blog.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...


Thank you Janet for all you do for us.

On this very special day may every one of us find peace and joy and forgiveness. May we all revel in our search for perfect words and find them in that special place within our hearts.

That was my Hallmark moment.
Back to our regularly scheduled program.

Julie.M.Weathers said...

A merry Christmas to all, but especially Miss Janet. I appreciate more than you all know the fellowship here.

JW

Lucie Witt said...

Merry Christmas, y'all. I hope everyone's day is exactly what you need it to be.

It's warm in Kentucky. My pup is worn out from attacking discarded paper and napping on my bed. I think I'll be joining him soon.

The Sleepy One said...

I'm jealous of everyone's warm weather. It's rained every day since November 28th in Oregon and it's now cold, too.

But the sun just came out so at least my dog and I will have a fun midday walk.

Kelsey Hutton said...

I can assure you it's cold enough here in Manitoba for all you guys : )

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!

Kate Larkindale said...

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a wonderful day full of love and fine food and that 2016 is the year all your dreams come true.

Kae Ridwyn said...

Merry Christmas, QOTKU and Reiders! I hope your Christmas Days, no matter your time zone and weather conditions, lived up to your expectations for them :)

Kregger said...

Merry Christmas everyone and happy new year!

BJ Muntain said...

Merry Christmas to all, and especially to our hostess, the Queen Of The Known Universe!

We'd hoped to have a green Christmas (the last one was nearly 20 years ago) but no luck. We've got enough of the white stuff to call it a white Christmas.

Dena's link re: 'Meet the new queen of unusual sharks'

Stephen G Parks said...

Merry Christmas one and all!

Jearl Rugh said...

And from the Pacific Northwest where all the snow actually fell--although I'm on the coast where the "river of rain" has been relentless for weeks--Merry Christmas. May the blessings of the New Year fall, as well, on each of you.

JR, thank you for sharing your card with us. What a beautiful reminder of the reason we set this one day aside each year.

Susan said...

This is wonderful!

Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you had a happy holiday with family and friends.

LynnRodz said...

Merry Christmas, Janet and all the Reiders here. I hope all of you have had a day filled with love, peace and joy and shared with those you love.

As with most of you, it's been too warm here in Paris.

SiSi said...

Merry Christmas, Janet! Hope you and all the Reiders had a wonderful day.

Sam Hawke said...

Merry Christmas everyone. I've been holding back from much social media until I finish my Edits of Doom (TM) so I know I haven't posted much, but I'm still here reading and wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with friends, family, food and fun! xox

PamPowell said...

This blog is a Christmas present I open every day to find joy, humor, wisdom, and support. Thank you, Janet Reid. Thank you, Reiders. Merry Christmas!

The Sleepy One - yup! Nothing but rain here in Oregon although I finally saw that full moon tonight! So beautiful, but more rain on the way!

Pam Wylie Powell … formerly blogging as Poof!

Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli said...

What a beautiful card. Merry Christmas to everyone and especially Janet. It's hot here too.

CynthiaMc said...

Drinking Santa's White Christmas and watching the old Twilight Zone episode The Night of the Meek - about a drunken Santa who gets fired on Christmas Eve and then finds a bag of gifts. This is the stuff I want to write. Adding that to my normal Christmas repertoire of It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. These 3 pieces most represent what I try to achieve in my writing. Watching them all this morning. I love Christmas - even the hard ones.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Cyn-Mc, years ago, back before email and cut and paste, I wrote an article about It's A Wonderful life, can't remember what paper it went in, anyway, it received the most letters of all the pieces I have written.
That movie resonates for almost all of us I think. It is my number one Capra film.

CynthiaMc said...

Mine too.

Barbara Etlin said...

I hope your Christmas was wonderful. Happy New Year to you and all your blog readers.

roadkills-r-us said...

Merry Christmas, and have an AWESOME new year.
Ours was great. We came east to visit family, and are seeing extended family as well.

Theresa said...

A belated Merry Christmas and early Happy New Year to Janet and all the Reiders.