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You know the old saying that this is the most wonderful time of the year?  I’m one of those people that truly believes it, but as I trudge through my Forlorn Forties, a phrase I recently learned and also truly believe, I’m struck by how hard this time of year is for some. In the kindergarten and first grade play I’ve been rehearsing, Mr. and Mrs. Claus exclaim, “This will be the best Christmas ever!” and it always makes me squirm. We don’t need this to be the best Christmas ever.  We just need this to be Christmas.

Here’s what Christmas has been for the three of us these last few weeks.  We put up our beautiful tree named Bernice and made my mom’s delicious sugar cookies.  Huck got dressed in all his math paraphernalia and enjoyed his beloved Celebration of the Mind math fair at the University of Arkansas with his like-minded friends.  We voted again.  We enjoyed our town’s Little Craft Fair which might need to change its name soon. We took an evening trip to Eureka Springs and caroled with strangers.  We changed our health insurance again.  We walked around the well-lit town square with big smiles on our faces.  Huck found his ratty old packet of song lyrics from Ft. Washington Collegiate days and began memorizing every single verse of “Good King Wenceslas.” We mourned the repeal on a law to protect our LGBT friends. We went to an eggnog party and taught Huck what “unleaded” means.  We helped out at St. Paul’s Alternative Gift Market on behalf of Prison Stories.  Huck joined his school’s archery team. Troy sang Christmas carols to little ones and rehearsed bigger ones in the Montessori play.  I directed Santa Claus. Huck and his classmates performed a spoof of “A Christmas Carol” at a school concert, reminding Troy and I that maybe we should stop working on plays with kids all day long. Huck was recognized as a National Student Leader by the Continental Math League.  We wrote greetings in Christmas card after Christmas card after Christmas card and reminisced over past Christmas card after Christmas card after Christmas card. We saw TheatreSquared’s latest hit show and had a sweet reunion with my old PROOF friends.  Troy led a singalong of Christmas tunes in our living room with a surprise flute appearance. We became obsessed with baby Alden in Brooklyn.  We thanked God for the lack of snow days and the incredible sunshine.  We prayed for Troy’s mom.  And each night we lit our Advent wreathe candles and tried to remember the light of the world.

The best Christmas ever?  I’ll settle for the most wonderful time of the year.


December 15th, 2014

Wow, Schrems! It IS such a wonderful (and busy!) life! (to Huck:) “Pi-lent night … holy night …” MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALL!!!!!!!

Pappy T

December 15th, 2014

and we said,
thank you!

December 15th, 2014

Just awesome. I am jealous, err… happy for you.

My favorite is the picture of the World’s Record Holder for the Giantest Lump of Cookie Dough. Sending our love to you, Math Wiz and Forlorn-Fortiesers.


Aunt Jeni

December 15th, 2014

We watched It’s a Wonderful Life last night and couldn’t help but think of the Schremmers the whole time! Beautiful tree and festive pictures of the most wonderul time of the year. XOXO


December 16th, 2014

I miss you guys so much! Huck joined ARCHERY??? Very interesting!

December 20th, 2014

ONE OF YOUR BEST EVER, JANELLE. Your writing and beautiful pictures certainly describe the Schremmer Christmas. Was Lily the surprise flute player? Love you, Mama xoxo

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