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The Best Christmas Guest: Guess Who

By Lisa Batten Kunkleman

My favorite guest is visiting for the holidays. Each year, our friend hangs out from Thanksgiving until after New Years. There’s a saying that fish and company smell after three days. Not this fellow.  This guy is welcome to stay until he absolutely must leave and he smells great too, by the way. He doesn’t say much but his mere presence comforts me like hot cocoa and marshmallows. Even our animals adore this guest and snuggle up close by. 

No matter what craziness a day holds or how many items remain on the to-do list, at the end of the day, hanging out with my friend in the living room with a fire crackling away in the fireplace, it’s like getting a free massage or relaxation therapy. His quiet presence helps make the Christmas season jolly and bright. Everybody loves him and why not? He lights up the room. 

I usually kick back in the recliner and spend as much time with him as I can. My husband does too but he will head off to bed and leave the two of us up for hours. I hesitate to admit, too often, I fall asleep basking in his delightful glow, and wake up to find him still there, him and his shiny, pleasant demeanor. It’s a good thing my husband isn’t the jealous type. He knows I’ll get over my major crush and be back to normal in the new year. 



15 thoughts on “The Best Christmas Guest: Guess Who

  1. We brought home our tree Saturday afternoon. I always delight in trimming it with all the various things we have collected over the years. Yours is very lovely.

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  2. This is so creatively done! I feel rhe sams way!

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  3. How awesome to have a friend you can enjoy like that Lisa!! Hope you have the best Christmas time ahead!! Merry Christmas hugs from here!

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  4. I have a major crush on my Christmas tree, too! My husband doesn’t mind because he also loves the tree…. Great post!

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  5. I leave my Christmas tree up at least until Ground Hog Day (I’ve got a fake one so I don’t have to worry about a fire hazard). Having the lights glittering does so much to brighten up the dreary darkness of winter, I hate to take the tree down!

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  6. Gorgeous tree and beautifully decorated! I’ve got a twig tree with white lights and lots of baubles on it. It is special switching on the lights as the darkness outside descends, makes it magical. Enjoy yours!

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  7. This was wonderful. Now I understand why it feels kind of sad when our tree comes down. It is like saying goodbye to a friend.

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