All I want for Christmas

All quiet. Alberta Park, Portland, Dec 21, 2017

All quiet. Alberta Park, Portland, Dec 21, 2017

Here’s my Christmas wish: peace and quiet.

An absence of bad news – or indeed any news – for 24 hours.

Phones turned off. Conversation, of course, and some downtime with a book too. A decent glass of whiskey, a nice serving of Christmas dinner (whatever’s served, Christmas dinner always tastes great, in my experience), a good, strong coffee – all important.

A little, but not too much TV. Perhaps a board game (after all, it is Christmas.) A walk in the afternoon, fresh air between the raindrops.

And family, of course, far and near. Whether they’re 4,500 miles away or in the next room, they always feel closer at this time of year.

And, above, under, and throughout it all, peace and quiet. Silence. Everything and everyone turned off. A perfect holiday, for one day.

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