In spite of  loudly gusting wind outside and the fact that we certainly do not lack for snow (see above), my mind will not accept the fact it is  less than one week to Christmas Day.  The tree is up, presents are bought and wrapped and I finally forced myself to bake pumpkin bread for the traditional big brunch at my son and daughter-in-law’s home on DSCN8524Christmas Day.  Today is my day to make fudge and the end of my Christmas chores.  With seasonal music in the background as I write and  the threat of snow looming on the horizon, it simply doesn’t feel like Christmas to me yet.

I was somewhat comforted to learn that many people are suffering from the same malady this year.  Frankly, I think the weather has been so strange since January 2015 that nothing has seemed like it’s in the usual season and time has zipped past in a blur.  I would blame it on age, but I’ve heard very young people express the same thought.

Christmas is my very favorite holiday of the year, so I am determined to pull myself into the festive spirit and enjoy my family as we all gather for brunch down the road on Christmas morning.  We’ve decided to simplify things this year and focus more on  all being together…the gift of love.  That DSCN9661seems to be what  many others have also chosen.  Perhaps this gives us hope that things are going to change and go back to more old-fashioned traditions.  The horrible tragedies of this year must have awakened our sense of what is important and what is not.

I have vowed to stop watching the news religiously because if there ever was a downer, the news is it.  I’ve also promised myself to get back into daily meditations and to remember that each day is a gift to treasure to the max because the next one is never a sure thing.

I have enjoyed my times with you over this year and hope we’ll spend lots more time together in 2016.  I appreciate your friendship, support for my blog, my newsletters and my two books.  Please don’t forget that books make terrific Christmas gifts and are easy to buy.  Thanks for being a part of my life.  It is greatly appreciated. In our house, we still say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I am sending those words to each and every one of you with love and an additional hope that we will also have Peace.  God bless us every one!

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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  1. Peggy says:

    It has been a very different year. And the time seems to be swooshing by as fast as it can. Christmas is a little simpler this year with a big emphasis on family and being together. I think often how each person is having their own struggles and may be digging deep to keep their head above water. More than any other time of year, Christmas reminds me there is Hope. Merry Christmas.


    • jtzortman says:

      Sounds like we are on the same wave length this year, Pegs. It’s snowing here again. RB had to make another cable to hold the hot tub cover down because the wind keeps blowing it off. Remember he ate the other one with the snow blower, which took hours to unwind. Merry Christmas to you, too.


  2. mmgornell says:

    How can it be Christmas already? Don’t know where this year has gone, but hope to catch up to Christmas in the next couple days…so your post was timely. Have a great Christmas and wonderful New Year!! (you’re so right about not watching the news…and I seem to be addicted)
    All the best!


    • jtzortman says:

      It’s good to hear I am in good company, Mad. Like you, I also seem to be addicted to the news, which we watch faithfully at 5:30 and then the Denver news at 6:00. Seldom is it much of an upper. 🙂 Hope you and your family have a fantastic Christmas and a great 2016, too.


  3. Mr. DAVE says:

    The old saying no news is good news and that’s the way I do it, makes it all a lot simpler . One complains about the other, they tell us what’s wrong but do not try and fix the problems. Love your snow, but maybe that’s because I’m not there. Three days left or less than 370 days till next Christmas, can’t believe I just said that, losing it slowly. Maybe that writing hand will start up again after the next few days and you will pass some time with new thoughts om Max. Looking forward to that. Merry Christmas to all and may God Bless Everyone


    • jtzortman says:

      Thanks for letting me know you stopped by my blog. I appreciate the support. It’s clouding up to snow again and this one’s supposed to be a big storm. That may or may not be the case because they sometimes say there won’t be much snow and we get dumped on. You two will have to visit us in the winter and enjoy the snow. Merry Christmas to your family, too!


  4. Olivia Milton says:

    As always, a wonderful tapestry of words. Love you my friend. Will try to talk to you before Thursday! Been up to my ears in alligators!


  5. jtzortman says:

    Thank you, Olivia. I love you, too. Same here – busy as can be. Rick’s coming home for Christmas, too, so I have to get things prepared. Snowing like crazy here. Hope we’ll talk before Christmas.


  6. Linda Reed says:

    I, too, had to search for the very elusive spirit of Christmas this year, but as always the joy of being with family and friends brought it to the forefront at last. At this point in our lives, there is always some bitterness to the sweet and some sweetness in even the most bitter times. Christmas is tinged with a longing to see those who are no longer with us, but also brings a joy in being with those we have learned to treasure all the more. I enjoy your blogs very much, and they so often echo my own thoughts, feelings, and concerns.
    May you and yours have a wonderful 2016!


    • jtzortman says:

      Linda, thanks for stopping by. Not long after I wrote the above, my Christmas spirit kicked in. We had the best Christmas ever this year and everyone kept gifts simple, but absolutely perfect. It was the time we spent together that made it so special with less focus on material things. Today is Pete’s birthday, so it is always a bit difficult. But it’s snowing and absolutely beautiful…just like he was. Happy New Year to you and your family, too. Hugs.


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