Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Christmas All Year Round

on December 13, 2017

I love Christmas … but not for the reasons maybe you think I love Christmas.   I love getting presents (but that’s not why I love Christmas), and I love flashy bright decorations (but that’s not why I love Christmas).  I love baking Christmas cookies and pies (but that’s not why I love Christmas), and I love visiting people and having people visit me (but that’s not why I love Christmas).

I love Christmas because it helps to remind me that Christmas isn’t just one day out of the year, and it’s not just the whole month between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

It’s about family and friends and strangers.  Yes …. and strangers.  Because part of the Christmas spirit is caring about people who need help either because they don’t have something or they don’t have someone in their lives.

It’s about sharing what you have and sometimes if all you have is a good heart and great listening skills, then you should probably volunteer your good heart and great listening skills to a local senior living residence.

My Great-Uncle Earl lives in a senior living residence.  He’s my one grandpa’s oldest brother.  He fought in the war and he has the best stories to tell about what it was like when he was as old as me and growing up in the olden days.  I go to see him every single week unless I’m sick, then I don’t because I don’t want anyone to catch what I have when I’m sick.  Anyway, when I go see him, I don’t just go see him.  I talk to a lot of his friends at the residence, too, because they have really great stories to tell me about the old-fashioned days.

Why do I talk to Great-Uncle Earl’s friends when we go visit?  Because I think that when I’m sick and I don’t visit my Great-Uncle Earl, he’s probably a little sad about that (maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think so).  I think about maybe one of his friends not being able to see someone they care about because maybe that person is sick and can’t come visit, or because that person (like a brother or a sister or one of their kids or grandkids) lives really far, far away and only can come visit sometimes even if they send them mail and email a lot in-between times.

So I visit with them, and we talk about whatever they want to talk about mostly because I can talk about pretty much anything a person wants to talk about, and what I don’t know anything about, I can ask a bazillion questions.

My Grandma and Grandpa Two Rivers like to be sneaky, especially when it’s Christmas time.  They know some seniors that live in senior living residences are missing some Christmas traditions that matter to a whole bunch to them.  They like to surprise them with things like Swedish Gingerbread cookies and Dutch Speculaas and Glazed Pfeffernuesse and Apple Streusel and sugar-dusted Polish bow-tie Fritters.  My grandma also makes almond sugar cookies with jam in the middle and they’re superly delicious.  I don’t know what country those come from so if you want to know, ask me and I’ll ask my grandma and let you know in the Comments section below.

Here’s the thing.  They don’t just make surprises like that at Christmastime.  It’s just that at Christmas, it’s more festive.

Anyway, on Friday, the Missy Barrett Holiday Tea Parties are happening.  There’s one at 2 in the afternoon (that one got sold out already last month) and there’s one at 4 in the afternoon (there’s still tickets to go to that one).  The whole idea behind all of my monthly tea parties is for all kinds of people from kids to teens to grown-ups to seniors to get together and enjoy a real tea party together — with zero zip technology!!!


So if you know someone who needs some Christmas cheering up, call Christie (she’s the mom of Mom’s Vintage Kitchen) at 865-446-2343 and get your tickets right away.  And when you come to the Holiday Tea Party, for a whole $4 a person, you’ll get tea and sweet treats (as in Christmas cookies) and there’s going to be giveaways and surprise gifts and plus you have no idea what else is planned that’s superly fun for both tea parties on Friday!

Be a Christmas light this holiday season.  If you do that, it won’t be long before you feel tingly warm about being a loving and caring person all year long.  Try it and see for yourself.  And remember to smile at everyone you meet.


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