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Original Christmas

It was a different kind of Christmas here, west of Mayberry.

Different from my previous 36 Christmases, anyway.

But I think it was more like the original one.

The one over 2000 years ago.

Very simple.

Granny has not been doing well in recent weeks.

And to be honest I think it may be close to the end.

We can’t find anything specifically wrong with her.

At least nothing new.

But she tires a lot more easily. Sleeps much more. And just seems to be emotionally checked out most if the time.

I wish I old chalk it up to some sort of seasonal disorder but for the most part it’s been unseasonably good weather.

There was no big meal or fuss about Christmas this year. No rum cake. Or fretting about presents.

I did put a little tree in Granny’s room and last night read her St. Luke’s chapters on the nativity before she went to bed last night.

She seemed to enjoy that.

Other than that, the holiday was barely on her radar.

And I did not need to go through a big to-do for myself.

The Attorney came up late this evening, after a day at his mother’s, bringing us a couple of plates from their holiday meal.

He’s still here now, sharing the sofa and reading a book on Jefferson I gave him as a present.

This is really enough Christmas for me.

Hope all of you enjoyed yours as well.

Published inTo Live ByWest of Mayberry


  1. The very best to you, your granny and the Attorney. Very Best Wishes for a Happy

  2. Every Christmas that comes and goes is unique for whatever circumstances life brings from year to year. Wishing you peace, Tony.

  3. cb cb

    That sounds like a fine Christmas to me. Merry Christmas Tony

  4. irisgirl irisgirl

    I appreciate that you shared this with us, Tony. I’m sure that a blog post is the last thing on your mind right now. I’m wishing you, Granny and the Attorney peace, and the comfort of family.

    Take care.

  5. The simple joy of sharing with people you love. What better Christmas is there. And as always, a pleasure to read what you have to say.

  6. Hoping the best for you and Granny… and the Attorney… enjoy the special moments…

  7. Jdw Jdw

    Tony in my experience as a caregiver you dont really need to be concerned until they stop eating entirely and literally lock their jaw if you try to feed them. Also people on the other side begin to appear to them. My grand mother literally told us her late husband was hiding under her bed and asked if we could see him. Also the phrase I want to go home or I need to go home are literal references to heaven. This happened with both my grandmothers and my father. Also at the end they try to send you out of the room or on an errand so they can slip away alone. Sad words these but I have seen it time and again. I will pray for you both.Dwight Williamson p.s. sorry for using the word literally so much.

  8. good food and your best friends … a nice Christmas. Best thoughts and hopes for Granny. Merry Christmas

  9. Ron Ron

    Simple is the best kind of Christmas…my thoughts and good wishes for you and your Granny !!!

    Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe New Year !!

    Peace and Love……

  10. There is nothing like concern over a loved one to put things in perspective, although I’m not quite certain you actually ever lost that in the first place.

    My thoughts are with you, Granny and the Attorney.


  11. David SHP David SHP

    Merry Christmas. Your Christmas was perfect.

  12. Tom Tom

    Peace and comfort for Granny, and for you Tony.

  13. wcs wcs

    I don’t comment here often, but always read. Keeping you (and the Attorney) and Granny in my thoughts. All the best. Happy New Year.

  14. Jim Jim

    I knew there must be something going on with Granny because you haven’t posted in a few days. I think about all of you almost daily and only wish that I could have had the privilege of meeting & knowing all of you.

    They say life is short. I’m 55 and feeling every second of it. (I wasn’t very good to myself when I was a teenager.) Well, it’s true. Life is short. But as short as it is, I look back over mine & realize that I wouldn’t trade one second of it. Nor would I do anything differently.

    I look forward to your posts as they are eloquent, simple, beautiful. I wish nothing but the best for you, the Attorney & Granny. Godspeed.

    Jim Tucker
    Austin, TX

  15. I dunno Tony. Maybe you are the lucky one. Our Christmas this year was marked by family drama and to end it all, the big, fat tree fell over and we had to throw it out! No, I guess I don’t really mean that. At least everyone in our house is healthy and kicking hard! Peace and love to yours.

  16. wfregosi wfregosi

    A quiet, intimate Christmas can and was for you, I suspect, a wonderful thing. If she does leave you soon, you will know that she had the very finest caring possible provided by you. I wish you all a very happy 2013.

  17. David David

    You celebrated Christmas in the best possible way with a reading about the Christ Child’s birthday, with family and best friend, and simply without any commercialization. How beautiful!

  18. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you Tony and to Granny and the Attorney!

  19. I always worry when you haven’t posted in several days that something is wrong with Granny. I’ve never met her or the attorney but through your beautiful posts I feel like I’ve known them forever. I’m thinking of you all and praying that the New Year has brought happiness and good health to all. We love you all three and hope that in some way that love is able to bridge the distance of time, space and the internet to where each of you feel a little bit of it’s warmth each day.

  20. Just checking it…hope you’re just taking a break and all is well with Granny and The Attorney.

  21. Mark Mark

    Been quiet for quite a while……. I’m sure life is keeping you busy….. we all miss the thoughts of LT…….. positive energy being sent your way

  22. tom tom

    It’s kind of hard to be out here, wondering why you have not posted, hoping that you are just taking a break, and that nothing bad or sad has happened…you think of someone as a friend, but really, we’re total strangers. Like what if you never posted again? We’d never know…seems there’s lots of people out here that care about you Tony. Hope you are well.

  23. Ron Ron

    Praying all is okay …. you are missed and lots of us care about you, Granny & the Attorney.

  24. Ron Ron

    Hi Tony, I just wanted to say I miss you and I hope you and your loved ones are ok. Peace and love and a big hug ..

  25. Justin Justin

    Hi Tony, I am worried about you but understand that you may not be in a position or in a mood to post, for whatever reason or reasons; I hope you and everyone that you love are alright and okay. And should the situation be different, I send you sincere love and strength.

  26. tim stringfield tim stringfield

    Tony, all I can do is echo the sentiments of the others here, I guess we’re more like “fans” than “friends” but we sure have grown to LOVE you, Granny and the Attorney over the course of your blogs. I pray that all is well in your world and please know that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and those you love at this time regardless of what the journey or struggle may be that has taken you away from the blog world right now.

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