Home for the Holidays and a White Christmas in Georgia 22

Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent, Everybody!

It’s officially the shortest week of the year — Just two days till Christmas. So if you havent’t started decorating that tree, yet…

Now is a good time to get started on that.

Last week, I landed in balmy Georgia (balmy compared to the great white north) to spend a couple of week at my parents’ house. It’s the first time I spent Christmas at home in I don’t know how many years. On Monday last week, my Dad inspired me with a great idea: “Hey! Do you want to help me paint the garage?”

The inside of the garage had never been painted before, so this was going to be no simple undertaking. A lot of patch work had to be done before we started painting, and 17 years worth of accumulated lawn equipment, powertools tools, storage boxes, shelves, etc. had to be moved before we got started painting. This was going to be a 5-day project during which time I would be totally disengaged from the worries of the outside world — just as we were making the homestretch for Christmas — How could I say No?

Long story short, I decided that this would be a good week of internet fasting for me. Besides, you would not want me blogging after inhaling paint fumes all day.

So that is what I’ve been doing for the past week. Spending time with my Mom and Dad, preparing for Christmas in a unique way. No email. No Facebook or Twitter. Just family time. It’s nice to be home for the Holidays.

There are a couple of pendings that I need to attend to. First, I still need to post that video of me singing a Christmas Carol and share it with the Accidental Kansan, before midnight on Christmas. We’ll see how that turns out.

Second, I want to thank Terry @ 8 Kids and a Buisness for the Blog of the Year Award for 2012 — I’ll have the post up for passing it along soon after Christmas.

Third, I need to explain why I included the words White Christmas in the title — we painted the garage white. I would include a photo, but… It’s just a garage.

God bless you all, everyone and enjoy your family time and this last short week of Advent!


  1. Have a wonderful Christmas! I’ll be heading home on Christmas day after my 10AM Mass at the parish, and I’ll be there until Saturday. I’d help my father paint his garage, but it would take us the entire time I’ll be home just to clear out all the stuff in the garage… (no cars in the garage, just tools, boxes, etc.).

  2. Have a blessed Christmas!
    How wonderful to be home at this time. As a mom, I know what a joy that is for your parents as well as yourself.
    I guess we will all convene once more at wordpress once January arrives.

  3. Biltrix, I wish you a Happy and Blessed Christmas with all your family. That’s what it’s all about, celebrating with loved ones Our Lord’s Birth into the Human Family.

    I shall be cooking the Christmas dinner for 8 members of my family tomorrow…… wish me luck! 🙂

  4. Happy Christmas Biltrix, and welcome back from your being-with-family, garage-painting, back-south-of-the-Mason-Dixon-line-holiday! We hope you’ll share your caroling video and hey, why NOT show the garage? Even garage doors have feelings, don’t they?

    • Merry Christmas, Arkansas friends!

      You twisted my arm. I will have to include a picture of the garage in my next post (soon, I hope…). And since we are still in the Christmas Octave, I still have time to post the Christmas Carol. I don’t like making excuses, but I don’t have quite the technology here as I do back at my work place.

      I’ll be with my folks for another week before I head back and will be back in full swing before long. God bless you and have a Happy New Year!

  5. Wishing Biltrix a belated Merry and Blessed Christmas. It is awesome that you are able to spend time with your Mom and Dad over the Christmas holiday.

    I hope you didn’t get more paint on yourself than the garage 🙂

    • Merry Christmas to you and Kevin, Teresa! It has been (and continues being) a wonderful time at home with Mom and Dad. It’s funny you should mention getting more paint on me than on the garage (no further comment…).

      God bless you and have a Happy New Year!

  6. And a very belated Merry Christmas from this Armchair Apologist! Family festivities mean that I have been needfully absent from the WordPress blogosphere. God bless you and yours!

    • God bless you, Ivan, and Merry Christmas!

      I too have been needfully absent form the blog these days (nice way to put it). And that is a GOOD thing. If the psalm says:

      Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum (What a wanderful thing it is for brothers to be together as brothers — loose translation)

      Then so much better to be with the whole family, and that is the way it should be. God bless you and your family with a Happy New Year!

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