In spite of loudly gusting wind outside and the fact that we certainly do not lack for snow (see above), my mind will not accept the fact it is less than one week to Christmas Day. The tree is up, presents are bought and wrapped and I finally forced myself to bake pumpkin bread for the traditional big brunch at my son and daughter-in-law’s home on Christmas Day. Today is my day to make fudge and the end of my Christmas chores. With seasonal music in the background as I write and the threat of snow looming on the horizon, it simply doesn’t feel like Christmas to me yet.
I was somewhat comforted to learn that many people are suffering from the same malady this year. Frankly, I think the weather has been so strange since January 2015 that nothing has seemed like it’s in the usual season and time has zipped past in a blur. I would blame it on age, but I’ve heard very young people express the same thought.
Christmas is my very favorite holiday of the year, so I am determined to pull myself into the festive spirit and enjoy my family as we all gather for brunch down the road on Christmas morning. We’ve decided to simplify things this year and focus more on all being together…the gift of love. That seems to be what many others have also chosen. Perhaps this gives us hope that things are going to change and go back to more old-fashioned traditions. The horrible tragedies of this year must have awakened our sense of what is important and what is not.
I have vowed to stop watching the news religiously because if there ever was a downer, the news is it. I’ve also promised myself to get back into daily meditations and to remember that each day is a gift to treasure to the max because the next one is never a sure thing.
I have enjoyed my times with you over this year and hope we’ll spend lots more time together in 2016. I appreciate your friendship, support for my blog, my newsletters and my two books. Please don’t forget that books make terrific Christmas gifts and are easy to buy. Thanks for being a part of my life. It is greatly appreciated. In our house, we still say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I am sending those words to each and every one of you with love and an additional hope that we will also have Peace. God bless us every one!