Things are finally ready for Christmas. All our book events are completed. My shopping list is almost finished. The outside lights are up. The votes are in on the menu for Christmas Day. This weekend we will decorate the tree. I am going to relax and share some thoughts about the holiday season…
At this later stage of life I have come to feel very peaceful at Christmas. It is a time when I remember family members who are no longer here and take time to commemorate them and enjoy traditions that we used to share. I love to do the tree with ornaments I have collected over the years. One of my favorite things is the Christmas amaryllis. Holiday foods in our house tend toward a Southern theme.
Our whole family has become more minimalist on gifts over the last few years and this is a case where less is truly more! One family member told me this year that she did not under any circumstances want “more stuff.” This was actually a fun challenge. I came up with tickets to an art exhibit and a sporting event, a recipe for hot chocolate using white chocolate cocoa and an assortment of organic teas. Whoops. I hope she does not read this blog post!
Our animals don’t seem to get stressed out by the holidays. Another reason animals are better than people! One of our dogs is getting up in years. This will be her last Christmas but she does not seem to notice. We have always decorated the barn. Quincy is definitely ready for Santa. He has two stockings; one is for carrots and the other is for apples.