Today, I’m grateful for the calm after the holidays.
The weeks leading up to Christmas are such a mix of magical and stressful. And the hype of New Year’s Eve celebrations tops off what can be a whirlwind of a month. So, I suspect that for a lot of us, getting back to routine and a sense of balance feels pretty darn good. 🙂
Yesterday, we celebrated our final Christmas in my childhood home which will be sold in the coming year. My parents have hosted the Christmas Day festivities for years, but it’s time to pass the torch. Age and health issues have slowed them down. But I’m grateful to still have them with me.
Today, I’m grateful for my faith, which leads me to celebrate Christmas on this day.
Raised in a Catholic household, renewed in a faith-filled church youth group, supported and challenged in my spiritual journey as an adult, I continue to grow and to learn what it truly means to love God and my neighbor.
After a week of contractors working on a project in my home, holiday get-togethers with friends and family, sitting in pre-holiday traffic, and moving against the tide of holiday shoppers in the stores, a bit of solitude is a blessed thing.
Today, I’m grateful for music. It’s always been a part of my life, and this time of year music is truly special. I belong to an a cappella chorus that’ll sing for five holiday events this month. On top of that, there’s the church choir and the worship band, where I offer my meager guitar skills. And, of course, there’s my Christmas playlist, which includes Garth Brooks, Jewel, and Pentatonix, among others, which I’ll be blasting whenever I get the chance.
Today, I’m grateful for Christmas lights. The ones on my tree are all white lights and they remind me of stars. I turn them on before dawn and sit in the stillness of hundreds of tiny lights. They make me smile. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for this first day of December which, in my home, means a change of decorations is in order. Out with the autumn leaves and in with snowflakes and a Christmas tree! A little sparkle in the face of an impending nor’easter. 🙂