D E C E M B E R
December’s gifts – custom, ceremony, celebration, consecration-come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons, but in cherished memories. This is the month of miracles. The oil that burns for eight days, the royal son born in a stable, the inexplicable return of Light on the longest, darkest night of the year. Where there is Love, there are always miracles. And where there are miracles, there is great joy. ~ Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, Sarah Ban Breathnach.
As empty nesters for over ten years now, we tend to put up our Christmas decorations around mid-December. This year, our only hosting event will be dinner Christmas evening for my parents and youngest brother. This is a departure, as we would typically have our daughters, their husbands and our grandchildren over for brunch and to open gifts on Christmas morning. However, we will be celebrating with them and my husband’s family members on Christmas Eve at my sister-in-law’s home and will sleep there, to have our brunch the next morning. The gathering with the extended side of my family, i.e., parents, brothers (of which I have three) and their children will take place earlier this year, on December 22nd.
That said, I will attempt to decorate earlier this year, to break the cycle and get into the spirit sooner! Wish me luck. In my defence, it hasn’t helped either that we have almost no snow. A nice glass of wine and a great Christmas soundtrack will definitely put me in the mood quickly, am sure!
I have yet to post any holiday gift guides, deliberately, in order to give readers a break from all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! In my opinion, the sale offerings were very modest compared to years ago. However, I did get most of my Christmas shopping completed, which is great! And three gifts have already arrived. Also, this year, I am attempting to make a gift by hand for one of my granddaughters. Fingers crossed everything will turn out as beautiful as the pattern!
Have a beautiful December.