Just a bit of whining on my part here: I had back surgery on the 11th, and my parish priest told me I was dispensed from Mass attendance until I recover enough to be able to attend in reasonable comfort. I'm in a back brace, sitting hurts (and was discouraged by my neurosurgeon,) and I actually had my husband move the computer to the breakfast bar so I could stand and use the computer (standing and walking was encouraged by my doctor.)
On Christmas Eve, our deacon, bless him, brought me Holy Communion. Otherwise, I've been watching Mass on TV. I can tell you this--it feels as if I'm watching a family eat a holiday meal, instead of being there myself (in fact, on Christmas, I ate a Stouffer's turkey dinner while Skyping my family at their Christmas dinner at a town about three hours from here.)
Just whining, I suppose. I know I'm not sinning by not being able to attend Mass, and I'm trying to do my best here, but believe me, it just ain't the same thing!