Gathering Cosy and Safe for Christmas

It seems quaint now, to see photos of being caught up in last year’s bustle of holiday crowds in cafes, stores and yes, even the hotel that hosts for the public, gingerbread collection of cookie, candy and sugar dusted winter tableaux and figurines.

Ice skating polar bear. Annual gingerbread competition display. Hyatt Hotel, Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

At the time, we thought the gingerbread cruise liner ship with onboard celebrants was a bit strange as a winter scene.  But why not — if that’s where some folks

Earlier Christmas memories on cruise ship with international surf boards. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

gather.  Now, seeing the sugar-coated happy cruise ship in 2020, it’s almost anathema, blasphemous to human survival since there were some covid-19 passengers floating around in ship quarters, for weeks earlier this year.

Shops normally teeming with browsing customers, may have controlled entry for 2020, to limit number of people inside. Granville Market, Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

Jack and I aren’t missing anything since we’ve never been nor were ever interested in a cruise liner vacation trip.  But we will miss our favourite public gathering spots

Evening tuna loin appetizers with wine -candlelit meal probably needs to be at home. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

to sit inside for this Christmas –certain restaurants, cafes.  Heck, who knows if there will be any annual gingerbread competition this year.  That means getting crafty excited kids and adults together. Another risky fun and bonding time down the fishing ice hole.

Tap dancing locals for Christmas crowds at Georgia and Granville St., Vancouver BC 2019

Usually our Christmas time period is quiet and contemplative.  This year will be an added blanket of care and appreciation of just being close together, healthy and safe.

Beach vacation with crowds from the past. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

So, we’re left with hopes of good weather to bike around and at night, see decorations festooning homes, some lights, stars and for those of you in frigid temperatures, fluffy snow.

Outdoor fun, including ice fishing. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

I’m hoping for quiet miracles of just living through Christmas into the New Year and beyond.

Playing guitar. Granville Market, Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

We’re hoping for candle lights that will keep burning bright into the night and that they will be relit over and over by other celebrants of Life.

Merry Christmas with warm memories of love, contemplation and fun!

Enjoying cozy gathering for miraculous times together at Christmas. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Fritz says:

    Being close together, healthy and safe, sounds like a pretty darn good formula for a happy Christmas, Jean.

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    1. Jean says:

      In the right way of course. Hope your Christmas is still lovely and memorable as we face 2021. 2020 is an easy year number to remember, among other things.

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  2. Sue Slaght says:

    It will be a very different holiday season for us. However we are grateful that our Moms remain healthy, as are we. Your post is filled with positivity Jean and I appreciate reading your inspiring words. Wishing a merry and safe Christmas and holiday season.

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    1. Jean says:

      It will be a different holiday. For instance, that gingerbread competition display will not be featured at that hotel this year. For sure, gratitude for health of loved ones and if possible, their company or faces to chat up. I wish you Sue and your family circle with other loved ones, a memorable, happy Christmas. May we look to 2021 with kindness and strength.

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  3. Patrica says:

    My thoughts are just beginning to wrap around the holidays. Your lovely photos remind me of visiting Christmas markets in France in 2018 – good memories. They’ve also reminded me that it’s been ages since I updated my blog and here I am in Colorado surrounded by all sorts of beauty and wonder. Best wishes!

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    1. Jean says:

      Best fabulous wishes from Canada to you for Chistmas. We’ve gotten some snow but it melted fast in dry air. But it will probably return in vengeance. Sounds beautiful at that time in France.


  4. Christmas this year will certainly be different, but I’m doing my best to still make it as cheery as possible. Have a safe and blessed season. 🙂

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    1. Jean says:

      Grateful thx, Rochelle. I hope you won’t have to work too long and hard during the holidays.

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  5. Marta says:

    Those gingerbread displays are so pretty! Stay safe and healthy this year and I’m sure we all will be able to celebrate Christmas as usual in 2021!

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    1. Jean says:

      We are all hoping and eventually travel overseas too!


  6. What a beautiful post, Jean!– like walking thru a magic Christmas Wonderland! Your photos, as always, are lovely, and I always enjoy your commentary. Glad you and Jack are well. Keep smiling, stay cosy, and I wish you both a very Merry Christmas! 😊

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  7. Jean says:

    Hi Mark, I wish you and your loved ones, the very best of happiness, health and peace for Christmas and for 2021!

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  8. Lani says:

    Happy holidays, wishing you and your family all the best. xoxo

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    1. Jean says:

      May Christmas in Southeast Asia be good to you and BF. In health and happiness!

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