Happy Holidays, friends! No, not just Santa Claus stuff for those of us who celebrate Christmas…I’m talking about the brand-spanking new year, 2023, that we’re about to greet.  It’s within reach…all shiny and new with that new car/new year aroma. 

When I was a kid, I thought I detected a distinctive crackle in the air in late December, heralding possibilities…all clean and fresh…straight from the factory.  No scratches or dents…ready for cruising to destinations of all sorts.  Maybe you’re headed down familiar roads or perhaps new adventures await.  Maybe both? Call me excited.  I am – for all of us – and I think I hear that magical crackle right now…if I listen closely enough.

I’m not much for resolutions but I like the symbolism that January provides…allowing us to cast off unpleasantries of the ‘year that was’ with optimistic hearts. It’s hard for me to look away from pain and suffering and heaven knows there’s been plenty over the past twelve months, but I’m ever hopeful about humanity and goodness and I’ve found that here in the blogging world.  Goodness.  Kind people reading and sharing.  Telling stories of triumph and trauma along with winsome tales of humor and wisdom. 

I’m especially grateful for the opportunities to learn from and connect with, fellow bloggers. Thank you for reading, for your kind comments, for allowing me to share my often silly and bittersweet reminiscences about my family, my world.    

Over the next couple of weeks, posts to “Victoria Ponders” will still pop – just with a little less frequency as I slow down to enjoy my blessings – my family and friends.

But I want to leave you with a smile, for nowReady?  Here it comes…

My mother was a party girl at heart and Christmas was her favorite time of year.  Even when money was tight, she’d find ways to rally people together with her infectious humor and charisma, often for a good cause, raising money for worthy charities.

Truthfully, though, for my mom, any holiday = dress up time.  Here’s a favorite photo from my childhood – mom in a Santa costume that she made by staying up all night.  Mom learned the scheduled Santa became ill, so to avoid cancelling a holiday shindig for sister Lisa and other disabled children, she crafted her own Santa suit by pulling an all-nighter and whipped up a costume – evidence in the photo:


Despite many maddening qualities, mom was often good-hearted, even as a last-minute Santa stand-in. The Santa suit?  It barely held together for the party, but it did the trick and that was all that mattered.

Ho, Ho, Ho – from me and my mama and here’s to all good things in 2023!

Vicki ❤

21 thoughts on “Cheers to the New Year!

  1. I love your post, Vickie, and how you share the good in your complicated mom. That’s what love does, doesn’t it? Sees people with all their flaws (and sometimes all the pain they’ve caused) and still finds good in them.

    And we’ll miss your less frequent posts, but I’m with you. This is a time to spend with family (although our WP peeps feel like family too!). Have a great day, friend! 🤍

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    1. You are so right, Kendra — lots of layers and dimensions – even with people who do – or did – challenge us the most! Great observation, dear one! And you’re right about WP family — that’s a much better word to use than just ‘friends’. It DOES feel like more. Xo to you — here’s hoping your day is lovely in every way. xoxoxo! ❤❤❤

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  2. I love that your mother, with all her idiosyncrasies, was so willing to go above and beyond to save the day for her daughter and disabled children. What a heartwarming story!! That’s just what this time of year is all about.
    Wishing you and your family a beautiful and blessed holiday season, Vicki!! ❤

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  3. Wow – your mom for the win with the Santa suit and as Kendra says, good for you for being able to celebrate the good even as you acknowledge the other.

    I love your enthusiasm for 2023 – here’s to the new year with all the new car smell. I’ve forgotten what that smell is – either for my car or for a year so thanks for getting me excited again! XOXO!

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    1. LOL — right! You and the ‘watch party’ to see the rollover to 100 big ones! Now…there’s something to celebrate, but me thinks you won’t make it to new years before you hit the magic number. 😉 And yes — my mom was a unique breed of human…she could be so, so, so charming and generous…or NOT. Love you, Wynne! xoxoxox!❤❤❤

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        1. Woweee! I didn’t see the fireworks all the way over here – LOL – I hope it was a moment to remember…that your sweet car hit that literal milestone somewhere other than at a stop light or somewhere mundane. You know we all want ‘deets’ about the car cake, too…just saying! 🤣

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  4. “Over the next couple of weeks, posts to “Victoria Ponders” will still pop – just with a little less frequency . . . ” Oh no, say isn’t so Victoria. Where will we go to get our daily dose of idiosyncratic family members mixed with heartwarming realism and positivity? Where will I turn (especially in the middle of the holidays when I have to spend time with my version of some of those crazy family members? Ha, ha, no, Victoria, you definitely deserve some time away from the blog!!! We’ll be waiting for when you return. And yes, I’m looking forward to the new year. One of my favorite activities is to create a family calendar (with birthdays/anniversaries highlighted so that I don’t forget them) and to think about what the year will bring. I have a strange feeling about next year . . . a little different than other years. Feel like good stuff’s going to happen. I’m not overly superstitious, so who knows what it means? Winning the Powerball? Winning Publisher’s Clearinghouse? Who knows. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and cheery New Year’s!!!!

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    1. Oh my goodness….you are too kind, sweet and funny, Brian! I promise I’ll be in the neighborhood, sharing smiles in posts here and there and I hope to see lots of insightful and entertaining posts from you, too, but enjoy the family time! 😉
      I love your dedication to creating a family calendar! What a great way to get organized for the new year. And I’m with you…good stuff awaits in 2023. Thank you for being a fun blogging friend. Big, big smiles and hugs! 🥰🙂🥰

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      1. Yea, I should have a few posts over the next two weeks, but I’ll let you in on a secret. I had a slow weekend a couple of weekends ago and was able to “crank out” a few for future use. They’ll come in handy next week. And the calendar, yea it makes me look like a swell guy. Not so fast. I create it, because I’m horrible with dates. If they’re on the calendar, then I remember them!!!! Yes, friend, hope you have a wonderful holiday! Be sure to take some down time and enjoy some special time with family and friends.:)

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