Salutations from Sandy ~
We have survived Thanksgiving…a horrible thing to say? But in truth, we spend so much time planning and prepping that when the day finally arrives, we are too exhausted to enjoy those who have gathered to share it with us. And now we’re about to do it all over again.
May I offer another thought? Christmas, no matter your faith background, is a time of celebration. We celebrate family and friends. We celebrate winter’s takeover of the fall leaves; in some places, covering them with a cleansing of white wonder. We celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to what the next year will bring. We celebrate goals – some realistic, some not – but goals still.
Yes, I’m a grandma, and I’ll be part of the in-person or online masses; but I’m also taking time to reflect on the simpler things, and writing about them – baking with my grandchildren, making grandpa’s secret cranberry relish, and creating handcrafted expressions of my love for others.
But most important for me will be remembering all the blessings that have come into my life this past year. Making new friends and renewing acquaintances. Sharing time with my family. Listening to the music of the season; and while waning, my ability to still sing it out. It doesn’t have to be a time of stress. It can be beautiful, if we choose it to be.
May your Christmas be blessed. May your future be bright. And may you write about all of it. Celebrate the Season!