Here we are in December!
These are my last “free” days before the fluster and flurry of the holidays begin.
I need to make plans so that I will be organized and ready to enjoy the holidays.
Yet, I am like a deer frozen in the headlights. I can’t seem to turn away from the bright glare of the holidays staring me in the face.
I am panicked thinking of all of the endless tasks required. Cards to buy, address and mail. Gifts to buy and mail. Cleaning and decorating my house. Buying and preparing food.
I feel like saying “bah humbug” and letting it all go. Why not check into a spa for a few days?
Christmas is in one’s heart.
Many years ago, when my Husband and I moved to Spain I was tempted to forego Christmas. I was young and homesick. We ended up with a tiny tree which added a bit of cheer to our small apartment. On Christmas Day, my husband and I ate paella and went to a bullfight. Ole & Feliz Navidad!
Another time, we were on a ski vacation in Switzerland. The small hotel where my husband and I were staying closed for Christmas Day meals so that the staff could enjoy Christmas Day with their families. We went swimming at the Swiss version of the “Y” and had pizza for our Christmas dinner. The restaurant owner gave us ashtrays to commemorate our Christmas Day.
Lesson learned…Christmas is about more than location and tinsel.
My heart will be merry and bright!
In Portland as a widow, I have “skipped Christmas” often. It made me feel disconnected and sad.
So now I decorate. It is wonderful to come home to beautiful Christmas decor.
My Christmas decor is “decorator” perfect. No Popsicle sticks or other ornaments made by sons’ precious little fingers. Those days, like my dear Husband, are gone.
The bottom line is that I want and need a Hallmark Christmas.
That would be the miracle of Christmas for me.
So I promise:
I will organize all my tasks using Google spreadsheets, shop online for gifts and send Evites to invite people to share the holidays with me.
I will order food from St. Honore, Elephant’s, Nicoletta’s Table and Nola Doughnuts.
I will invite people to come over. I will attend parties and dinners.
I will play Christmas music on Pandora.
On Christmas Day,
I will attend church and sing Christmas carols. I will remember the meaning of Christmas.
I will come home to an excellent quiche, good wine and decadent dark chocolate.
I will read a good book in front of my fireplace, all cozy and warm.
I will be merry and bright.
I will have a glad heart.
I will give thanks for my blessings.
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