A Postcard from Undina: Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday, Rusty!

I love Christmas.

Even if I were religious, this day (December 24th) wouldn’t have meant anything to me since my potential denomination would have been Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and they celebrate this holiday in the beginning of January. But I’m not religious, and before I moved to the U.S., Christmas wasn’t really celebrated in my native country (it has changed now). Since I live here now, and many people around me celebrate it, I embraced it. But Christmas for me is more of a social event than anything else.

I love Christmas, and usually I’m “all in” with decorations, gifts to co-workers and other festivities.

This year I was so busy at work trying to meet a crazy deadline that I could barely spare some time for decorating the office (but I had to do it since without me it wouldn’t have been done at all). And then I got sick, so decorating our house, either inside or outside, had to be sacrificed to just living through that. I feel better now, so we put up a Christmas tree, but that’s all I managed to do this year. I plan to write a “Thank you” note to those neighbors in our area who decorated their houses (with a large number of Chinese and Indian households around a decorated house is rather an exception – that’s why I feel especially bad for not doing it this year myself).

Merry Christmas to all my readers who celebrate this holiday. May it be filled with joy, piece and happiness.


Rusty and Chrismas Tree and Gifts


One more reason why I like Christmas is because this is the day when we celebrate Rusty’s birthday. Today he turned 11. He’s such a wonderful companion, and I hope that he’ll be healthy, hungry and happy cat for many-many Christmases to come.


22 thoughts on “A Postcard from Undina: Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday, Rusty!

  1. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, my distant friend! May the following days bring you lot of happiness, wonderful presents and delicious food. Also hope you’ll be blessed with good health so that you can recover quickly.
    It’s a real shame that because of the illness you weren’t able to decorate the house outside and inside. It must be frustrating when something stops you from doing what you really enjoy doing.

    And finally a meowtastic brithday to Rusty. He’s such a joy to see him on your photos. May he live and make your readers smile for many more years.


  2. Merry Christmas. We may not be scent twins but we are sick twins. I have plodded through on 50% power. Although that is still enough. Good to get a break from myself. Hahahahahahahahaha.

    Get well. And have a safe journey into 2020. ❤️

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  3. Merry Christmas, Undina! And the happiest of birthdays to Rusty! I added a Santa door knocker but displayed where a wreath would normally go, right next to my Christmas Owls iron wreath. The house is very messy right now but next year, it will hopefully be cleared out more to allow me to decorate inside as well! I hope you feel better!

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