Well, the great holiday is almost upon us...I woke up early this morning, despite the fact I was out late last night at a great annual Christmas party and ate way too much rich food. But knowing it was Christmas Eve eve and with the early morning December light slanting through the blinds, I couldn't sleep any longer. As I walked into the kitchen for some coffee and a Almond Sugar Cookie and looked around, I thought about how much I love the holidays. So much work, but so worth it. I mean, it like a party that the whole world participates in at one time! I love knowing that as we open our gifts, light our trees, pass the turkey or ham, that folks all over the world are enjoying some part of the same traditions. By the time New Year's rolls around I am ready for a diet, a budget and some quiet time. But still the day after Christmas seems sad....One of the reasons it does seem sad is we miss our lights. The nights are long in Winter, and the lights not just in our own homes, but all over our travels seem to festive and bright. Our house looks naked when we strip it of its lights and greenery. Another reason is just the way life looses it festive and free atmosphere. The gingerbread tea disappears from the cabinet and I no longer can eat sugar cookies without guilt after the holidays. I know it is time to confront the scales. Time to make new resolutions and deal with the ones I didn't keep from last year. The bills come in and the budget screams for a makeover (and makes it's appearance again on the resolution list) Without twinkle lights, the landscape is drab and brown. (We start to really hunger for the sight of something fresh and green) And if December was a time of spending, feasting and fun, January begs us to diet, budget and spend some quiet time at home. Sometimes after the holidays I will start a small project of knitting, clean out a closet or organizing my photos ( i am not good at this!) And this year with the grandbaby coming I think I will try my hand at some baby booties or a beanie. I will feed the birds, walk my dog, hope for some snow, read, watch movies, make plans for a trip to NYC, and before you know it March will be here and I well be dreaming of laying on the beach with the roar of the ocean in my ears.
But I will stop with March...for it is still the Christmas season and I don't want to get ahead of myself. Time for that next month. So to everyone that reads this and especially to those who let me capture "the moments of their lives" I say thank you and HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens