Welcome Christmas, bring your cheer.
Cheer to all Whos far and near.
Christmas day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas day will always be just as long as we have we.
Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.
What a ride! Beyond the roof estimates, property survey issues (old problems don't ever go away), kid juggling, holiday prep and health appointments there comes the moment of "whew!" when all is ... done. A few hours of vegetation in front of the Christmas tree, Peets coffee in hand, newspaper on lap and I'm a new chick.
We are anticipating our first ever Christmas Eve at home with the kids and our own quiet traditions. After family Mass, where the kids are participating in the pageant (Gracie is an angel and Dan is one of two bell choir members), we'll head home for a supper of tortilla soup. (Backstory: our family present is a Vitamix blender and we're excited about trying the recipes sampled at Costco, especially since Danny and Gracie both were seen ingesting VEGETABLES at the demo.) Then, we plan to call friends and family far away, play games and watch home movies, and listen to the kids play Christmas songs on the flute and piano. A friend or two may stop by. The kids may even get to bed before midnight this year which means good news for Santa's helpers.
On Christmas Day I'm going to honor my family tradition of chicken kiev for the holiday meal. Hmmm, better get crackin' on the prep for that if I remember right! It has been awhile. We may grab the dog and head to the beach for our annual beach walk (picnics are for Thanksgiving). The evening will see dear family joining us for a light supper and celebration.
For years the approaching holidays would fill me with dread, and this year I nearly fell victim to the same fate. At the last minute I realized that if I truly fill my heart with intention of lovingkindness there is no room left over for anything else. No anxiety, no worries, no anger. We cannot control how others behave or what they believe. And when my intention is set with love it is only love that fills my heart.