Nothing divine dies. All good is eternally reproductive. The beauty of Nature re-forms itself in the mind, and not for barren contemplation, but for new creation.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good year ended sweetly in the living room yesterday with the ones I love. I don’t know if I have experienced a greater Christmas since my childhood. The laughter was abundant, the food was good, the hugs were warm. I held all of the ingredients – it came and went quietly, joyfully, and left a kind mark of blessings on my heart.
I am thankful.
My mother and father celebrated 41 years of marriage this week and gave each other the same card, and that made me smile. Then, they opened boxes with new hiking boots in them for each other on Christmas day. We giggled at their surprised faces. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been best friends for that long…
I was able to provide great gifts for my children this year, and even after a whole day of overstimulation, wrapping paper and sugar, they rode home with me in the dark with gentleness and love on their faces. No whining, arguing, or selfish meltdowns. Our sleep felt extra sweet.
Of course I cried a little bit when I wrapped the last present for my niece, of course there was some emotion, because our family like most families has experienced some hardship in the last several years. But this year, I’m so grateful for no black clouds on Christmas. We had a peaceful, non-eventful holiday. Nothing big or fancy and nothing to make anyone sad or complain. Peace is the greatest gift.
If you’ve been by my blog this year, I’d like to give you a gift. If you are a little bit sentimental like me, you might like to “unwrap” it and take a while to soak in it. As I look into a new year with joy and anticipation, I enjoy taking some time away to reflect, laugh, cry, and look forward. These moments are sacred. If you’d like, please take your own copy of a “Fireside Chat” to do the same. Sit, maybe print it out, and enjoy some time alone before the new year. May you have a prosperous and blessed 2014.