I’m ready for Christmas and have enjoyed the journey getting to it as much as I will the big day itself. We’ve always loved Christmas, but for the last dozen years Michael and I have tried to focus on the special things about the season other than the gifts, and now we enjoy it even more! We both remember too many years of simply being exhausted and broke by the time the actual day arrived. Some years we’ll buy one another a little gift, sometimes we don’t, but we no longer buy just because it’s Christmas. Our grown kids are on board with this simplicity, and it’s taken a lot of pressure off of all of us! But I do love having the girls and my grandkids visit, love cooking a big family dinner for us all, love seeing the lights and decorations everywhere I go, enjoy the beautiful music that is so special to the season, and all the festivities leading up to This Night. But after being out to special events three nights in a row, here it is Christmas Eve and we just don’t feel like going out in the rain tonight to the candlelight service at the downtown church like we’d planned. So, we’ll stay home by the fire and watch “A Christmas Story”, and pop some popcorn instead. Simple and quiet tonight, but when the family arrives from Ohio tomorrow, the noise level goes WAYYY up! Oh what fun!
I wish you a happy and memorable Christmas with your families, friends, neighbors, pets and loved ones. I hope you all have enough, however you define it and that you’ll take a moment to say a prayer or a meditation for world healing and peace. Merry Christmas everyone!
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