Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Our Way

Christmas our way began by getting out of bed at 1:30 p.m., staying in my jammies and savoring three cups of coffee and one yogurt. The leisurely, carefree mood continued as I fed the dog, kissed Sweetie, gave each cat their tummy rub & hug, then read emails & Facebook.

Repeated remarks about "rushing," or "haven't got it all done," left me feeling thankful I don't buy in to the drama!

We have no tree, no decorations inside, no gifts, one blueberry pie, and a wreath outside where the birds feast on nut cubes, suet packs and popcorn garland.

Had a light dusting of snow last night but it melted by noon. If the weatherman's forecast holds true, we'll have a green Christmas. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Called my elderly friend & who repeatedly said, "I'll be glad when this is all over." Felt strange to say, "Have a merry Christmas in spite of all the craziness."

For company in her long, housebound days, she listens to the scanner & soaks in the negativity. I suggested she turn it off but after 30 years the background noise is part of her DNA.

We may or may not receive a phone call from "up north" where most of my family resides. Sweetie's son called two days ago, dreading the next few days & recounting his money woes so that was cheerful.

With all the self-induced stress and distraction people create over the holiday, it's a wonder anyone has peace and good will toward others.

Makes me count our blessings even more while the frenzy continues a few more days.

My wish for each of you is a thankful heart, compassionate soul and love for one another.


Craig Cavanaugh said...

Simple Christmas here too. We do have a tree, but most of the boxes and boxes of decorations are still in the shed (and next, the yard sale table. I hope). A ham for dinner, family all around, that's all I want. Merry Christmas Tree, and Sweetie too.

HermitJim said...

All the best to your house, Tree!

Anonymous said...

Health and happiness to all!
No tree or decorations here either.
Made some good cookies yesterday morn . B.