December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas

Good morning to all and a very Merry Christmas to each and everyone out there.

In years past, I have crafted an early morning Christmas e-mail to blast out to folks. A couple of years ago that morphed into a Christmas blog entry, but alas last year it didn’t get done. Shame on me.

Anyway, today we’re here to pick up the baton and reflect on this joyous holiday season with the wonders it brings.

We had an “early” Christmas celebration on Saturday with Jourdan, Stefani, Meghan and Dottie here at the new house in Williamsburg. It was a wonderful, peaceful day and the perfect holiday celebration. I’ll talk more about the new house in a future post, but to be kind, it’s been a whirlwind since we moved in on October 3rd.

We have settled into our new home town of Williamsburg, and it’s been everything we had hoped for. It’s a quiet, peaceful community. Williamsburg and the surrounding “suburb” in James City County is a small community of less than 100,000 people which is in stark comparison to the >1,000,000 people in Fairfax county where we move from.

A couple of weeks ago Melanie and I drove back to Fairfax to attend a corporate Christmas event. The one word that kept creeping in my mind while I was driving was “intensity”. In the few short weeks we had lived in Williamsburg, we had gotten awfully used to the tranquility and peace down here. Our short visit back to Fairfax was a brisk reminder of why we chose Williamsburg to retire in.

And, we’re not the only ones who have discovered that. Williamsburg is predominantly a retirement community at this juncture. Everyone I mention to that we just moved here asks “retired?”. Kind of funny.

The smallness has it’s downsides though. Products and services that we had been used to having literally at arms length are definitely farther away and less commonplace. One of the things we have enjoyed doing is just getting out and exploring. This is still a fairly rural area and it doesn’t take long to be “out in the country”.

The real plus, and the major factor we chose Williamsburg, are the people. People here are warm, friendly and generally pleasant. Everywhere you go, people reach out and say hello, and just plain enjoy the presence of others. That’s been amazing. Really amazing. The holy grail if you will.

Anyway, I promise to be better about posting. My apologies for the gap.

Until next time, here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


written by Chris - Posted in Yapping