Merry Christmas from Martin; cute boy in a hoodie …

Hi, friends and readers:

Christmas 2011 has finally arrived, and I hope this post finds you healthy and happy, and surrounded by the people you care the most about. The gift-giving and lovely dinners are nice, but the best part about Christmas, in my view, is gathering with your loved ones, be they family or friends.

I rose about an hour ago. The sun was shining and only a light breeze blew. So, I slipped into my shorts and t-shirt. Then I took a two-mile walk on the beach. The tide was low and the beach was wide and flat. Lots of folks were out walking; I ran into three of my neighbors. It was a great way to start Christmas Day.

It wouldn’t be a Martin Delacroix Christmas post without a photo of a handsome young man. I thought the boy at left was mighty cute, so he’s my gift to all of you today. He has the most beautiful eyes, and I love the somewhat sad expression on his face. He looks like he could use a hug or two. Any volunteers?

Several neighbors and I are putting together a joint Christmas dinner this evening. It’s a “traveling party”, with the main meal taking place at my home. Everyone’s bringing food contributions. I’m making a tasty sweet potato casserole. The wine will flow and we’ll have quite a feast.

Thanks again to all of you who have visited this site since it opened earlier this month. The number of visits increases daily, as people find their way here. It’s been a frustrating experience, having my WordPress blog “deactivated”, then trying to rebuild my old posts. I’ve just about finished doing this for all posts dating back to 9/1/11.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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