Operation Oysterhood: 24 December

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

It had to be small and intimate. I just could not face big celebrations and many people – no matter how dearly loved – this year for Christmas. I read a lot in the morning; then met my lovely temporary neighbour for a small lunch and exchanged gifts; together, we delivered a small gift to our friend who is having a really rough time right now; and I cooked a very simple dinner for my love. No meat, just fish and veggies – the only traditional aspect of today’s food. After dinner, we opened our gifts from the lovely temporary neighbour and connected briefly with Mom and Krystian on Skype. I will watch some TV and go to bed. Tomorrow, we will have a Christmas lunch feast for two. But today’s simple calm was all that was needed. For many reasons, for many people, this is not an easy time of the year, and maybe sometimes one has to be selfish about it. And to say: this is what I need. I did polish the silver. And I did set an extra place at the Christmas Eve dinner table according to Polish tradition.

I sent out some Christmas greetings today and will continue to do so tomorrow, but I am sure to forget someone. I apologise. I do wish everyone well.

If you are reading this – thank you. May you and your loved ones have the kind of Festive Season you need, and may it be healthy and joyous. Merry Christmas!


Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local. Get vaccinated, please.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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