Thursday, December 24, 2020

Happy Holidays!

 


Santa Shark is heading your way!

I hope you've been good!

43 comments:

french sojourn said...


To Janet, and the whole reef family out there... Happy Holidays.

My present is acknowledging that 2020 is almost over and it will forever be in our hindsight. (It is after all 20-20)

Cheers all!

Colin Smith said...

Seconding Hank's comment. A very merry Christmas to Janet and all the Reef dwellers, whether you're a constant commenter or a faithful lurker. :)

Amy Johnson said...

Thirding Hank's and Colin's comments. Merry Christmas to Janet and to everyone else here on the reef -- lurkers, regulars, and everyone in between. Potato chip cookies for all! (Really, I'm about to make some, and they will be so yummy!)

Beth Carpenter said...

I'll take a cookie, please Amy. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Melanie Sue Bowles said...

Hi all... Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is well and that you find peace and joy where you seek it.

The winter months are always labor intensive at the sanctuary. I haven't had much computer time. But today we're getting heavy rain, I'm caught up on chores and I've spent some time checking in here at the Reef.

Janet, Thank you for being a light.

John Davis Frain said...

Merry merry, one and all.

(Wink to Hank for that 20-20 hindsight!)

Brigid said...

Merry Christmas, and happy happy happy New Year. Grateful for each of you.

Leslie said...

Happy holidays to Janet and everyone in the Reef!

Here's to a happy, healthy, sane, productive 2021 with tons of writing and reading. And no more Kevin Spacey end-of-the-year videos!

Steve Forti said...

Happy holidays to each and every one of you awesome people!

Casual-T said...

And a holly-jolly Ho! Ho! Ho! to all you good fish and fishettes, swimming for your lives in these here shark infested waters (I’m just glad my writing pad is waterproof!). I must admit, I miss the daily dose of saltwatery morsels of wisdom we have become so accustomed to, here on the reef; alas, that’s 2020 for ya. Nonetheless, we will press on, from the beginning swimmer sporting a pair of bright orange arm-floaties and a sharpened pencil, to the experienced shark hunter with his literary harpoon and underwater typewriter. And just in case anyone’s interested in a little holiday cheer, I will, with Janet’s kind permission, take the liberty of providing a link to this year’s Christmas video by yours truly, Mr. & Mrs. Casual-T. It’s our quirky version of that old-timey classic Little Drummer Boy. Hope you enjoy.

Kae Ridwyn said...

It's a SHARK! That's so awesome.
Thank you Janet, for helping to keep us all sane this year; and Merry Christmas / happy holidays to everyone here on the Reef :) :) :)

Joseph S. said...

Merry Christmas, all

nightsmusic said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Reiders!

Katja said...

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Always comes with a little bit of pain for me. 🥴 Tried hard all day not to 'get into it' but failed during Christmas dinner tonight (yeah, we do it a little bit in the German way where you start it all in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, then the first big fat meal in the evening, then another tomorrow at around lunchtime, then another one the day after).

Every year at Christmas, I wish I could be in Germany. With family. I never can. It's so heartbreaking and just doesn't go away.
*sighs*

Tomorrow will already be easier. 🙂

Hope you all have a nice day tomorrow. 🎄

Fearless Reider said...

Ho ho holy mackerel, that's fantastic! Merry Christmas to you, Janet, and to all who are celebrating or who are trying to celebrate happy holidays this season!

C. Dan Castro said...

Merry Christmas Janet, reefers, and any poor souls on Carkoon. May your new year be happier and far better than 2020.

Craig F said...

I must admit that i have not been especially good, but there are only six days left of my year of discontent. May a new leaf be turn then.

Happy Holidays to almost all of you; and a Happy Festivus for the rest of us.

AJ Blythe said...

I hope you all have a wonderful day, however you spend it. Merry Christmas, Reef!

Timothy Lowe said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all on this wonderful eve. I am listening to Bob Weir sing "Bobby McGee" on the headphones. Live at the Fillmore East, April 27, 1971. Four years before I was born, give or take a week. The wonderful pageant plays on. Here's to hoping we can all grab on and get a piece of it in 2021.

Donnaeve said...

Merry Christmas to all the Reefers and Janet!

Colleen said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Katja - I know exactly how you feel. I should have been with my Danish side of the family this year, which is celebrated in much the same way as in Germany. I'm American and haven't been with my Danish husband since Valentine's Day of 2020 because of Covid. It's been a tough year and we are really looking forward to getting vaccine injections. My Danish family kept me a part of everything last night with calls, photos, and texts. It's was warming and helped.

Cecilia Ortiz Luna said...


Merry Christmas to everyone in the Reef!

Just Jan said...

Merry Christmas to Janet and everyone at the Reef!

Theresa said...

Peace and joy to everyone here.

That's some Santa Shark!

Jennifer Rand said...

Happy Holidays to all!!

Dena Pawling said...

Love the Santa shark!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good 2021.

Kathleen Marple Kalb said...

A safe and joyful holiday to all...and here's to seeing the back of 2020!

KDJames said...

It feels odd to blithely wish everyone happiness and peace when it seems there's so little of it to go around right now, but I guess if it were easily obtained we wouldn't waste a wish on it.

Merry Christmas, Janet and fellow commenters. Wishing for all of you the loveliest sentiments of the season, whatever you celebrate. Peace, joy, the return of light, goodwill to all. And a much improved fresh start in the new year.

Katja said...

Now that you're all (or many of you) stuffed with food, lounging on the couch... maybe there is still someone willing to give me an English lesson:

I really, really stumbled over this, and it's SO puzzling. And no, Fiancé can't help out - he too is stuffed, and actually sleeping on the couch!

Why do so many people write "Merry Christmas from [person's name/people's names] and I." ?

All over social media!

Why *I*??? Why not "and me"?

I'd also say "a gift from ME" not *I*.

Or "Merry Christmas from him", NOT "from he".

I don't get this one.

nightsmusic said...

Katja The easiest way to explain it is this:

Do you say "I" go to the store, or "me" go to the store? The context of the sentence dictates what you use *most of the time*. So, you technically would say, Merry Christmas from Hubs and Me. Not Hubs and I. However, young people don't always remember their grammar rules anymore and that's just sad. Because you're right, you'd say "a gift from me, to you" or "a gift from me" not "a gift from I." It seems that most young people anymore prefer to speak in 'text speak' where everything is "U R So Gr8t!" rather than actually writing it out that their grammar rules have gone out the window. I fear for the future of the English language.

Katja said...

Thanks, nightsmusic!

I'm not sure if it's also that common in the US, but I have seen mainly British people use it. One of them in their forties, and a WRITER.
Are you fearing even more now?

Someone on Twitter just told me that it's posh. And plain wrong. 😯

Claire Bobrow said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All! Love Santa Shark :-)

CynthiaMc said...

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. This has been a crazy, challenging, maddening, heartbreaking time but also a time to appreciate what we do have. Grateful for a good day yesterday. It really is the little things.

Peace.

Kregger said...

Merry Christmas to all the reefers and Ms. Reid.

I'm going to echo Hank's message times infinity.

E.M. Goldsmith said...

Happy Holidays. I miss you guys. Better days will come. You know, always darkest before the dawn and all that jazz.

Barbara Etlin said...

Katja, they use "I" because they don't know their grammar or don't care.

"Merry Christmas from Kamala and me."
"From" is a preposition and takes the objective case, which is "me" not "I."

Happy holidays and New Year!

NLiu said...

Happy Christmas everyone!

Lennon Faris said...

Wishing peace and joy and writing blessings to everyone here! Merry Christmas!

C. Dan Castro said...

Katja: it may in fact be a literary “gift” from the British. I was just reading Doyle’s The “Gloria Scot” in which Sherlock Holmes says “when I found that he was as friendless as I.” Not “as me.” Of course, it’s dialogue, so Sherlock doesn’t have to speak with perfect English.

LynnRodz said...

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. (Love the Santa Shark, Janet.) I had planned on coming here to the reef on the 24th to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, but got sidetracked. Here in France the "too much" eating and drinking starts on the 24th and continues on to the following day much like Katja from Germany said.

Casual-T, I loved your Little Drummer Boy video! Very nice.

Timothy Lowe, sorry, but "Bobby McGee" IS Janis Joplin for my generation! None better, imho.

Katja said...

Thanks for the grammar lessons, guys!

Someone told me to just leave the other person out to confirm it's "from me":

Merry Christmas from me. *Simples* 😁

Yes, LynnRodz, la réveillon on the 24th, but after the 25th it's all over. Il y a rien d'autre le 26 décembre, unlike in Germany.

Germany is rather conservative regarding Christmas. And Sundays throughout the year. Shops aren't usually open like in the UK or US.
Also, can you imagine that you don't cut your grass on a Sunday?
Or that you don't ring someone's house any day during the week between 1 and 3pm??

Joseph S. said...


Happy Holidays encompasses Happy (Safe) New Year, n'est-ce pas.

HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2021.

Casual-T said...

@LynnRodz... Thanks much for checking it out. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And sorry for the late reply. I just now saw your comment.