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.
Over the years, with grown children, and as empty nesters for more than over ten years now, we decorate later and later each year. This year, our only hosting event will be a Christmas dinner for parents and my youngest sibling. 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 on Christmas Eve at my sister-in-law’s home and will sleep there, having our brunch the next morning. Celebrating with my side of the family, siblings and their children will take place earlier this year, on December 22nd.
That said, I will attempt to decorate this weekend, to break the cycle and get into the spirit earlier! Wish me luck. In my defence, it hasn’t helped either that we have almost no snow. Wine and a Christmas soundtrack will definitely put me in the mood quickly, am sure!
I have yet to post my gift guides, deliberately, to give readers a breath from the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! Did you hold back from making purchases for savings at this time? If so, did you get a good deal? I didn’t. 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 beautifully as the pattern!
Have a beautiful December… will save my Christmas/Holiday wishes for another post closer to Christmas. But do come back next week for three Christmas gift guides!