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This year is going to be a very quiet Christmas in the Johns home. In the last five Christmases past, we’ve been busy, busy, busy. Busy is great! Family is great, and I love them all dearly. Don’t get me wrong, but…

Between you and I? I’m really looking forward to a quiet little Christmas with just my husband and son.

Quiet little Christmases don’t make for good book plotting. Big family mayhem is just more interesting to read about, but there are perks to having a quiet holiday in real life.

Here are a few:

1. You get to do what you want to do!

fh0xK4rNo, I’m joking! LOL

But when you have lots of people around, you have to be democratic. In past years, I’ve been consistently outvoted. But with just the three of us, I get to do the one thing I’ve been yearning for for the last several years–go to the Christmas Eve candlelight carol service! Because with just the three of us, there is the “But Mommy really wants this. Get dressed.”

2. Flu recovery!

This has been a vicious flu season for my family. It just lingers, and then revisits us in different forms. I blame the petri dish of the elementary school for introducing us to these germs of mass destruction, but what can you do? A quiet holiday will give us all a chance to rest up.

3. It’s just like we used to do when I was a kid.

I’m a semi-introverted person born to two introverts. That should explain that. 😉

So this year, we’re doing Christmas a little differently.

How about you? Big Christmas? Small Christmas? Unique Christmas? Whatever kind of Christmas you’re about to enjoy, I hope it’s a happy one!

From my home to yours, I wish you a very merry Christmas, and the happiest of New Years!