Today, our big holiday is finally here. We’ll be celebrating with friends and family and enjoying holiday cheer. As Christmas closed in on us this year, I started to feel bad because I wasn’t able to do Christmas cards this year. Normally, we take the photos in October or at the very latest, the beginning of November. This year, we had a lot going on and it made it impossible to get everyone together to get it done. Actually, I found myself scaling back on several things this year, but now that the holiday is here, I can say that I’m glad I did. What I found was that while I didn’t have time or energy to do everything, I felt like I did enough.
You see, not doing as much gave us more time to enjoy being together. I’ve come to realize that what is really valuable to us is not “stuff” but time to really appreciate each other. Don’t get me wrong, gifts are great and I love finding things for the loved ones on our list. It’s just that I’ve started to see more and more excess in a lot of things. It makes me want to find something deeper to value and cherish. I have “stuff” that has great value to me, like some crocheted ornaments that my grandmother, who is no longer with us, made for me. Every year, it was a tradition that everyone had a small ornament attached to their present and every year, it was different. I remember very few of the presents I got, but I still remember the tradition of the crocheted ornaments.
Now, we have our own traditions, like finding a Christmas tree with the dogs or going to look at the lights together. I’ll remember them more than what was under the tree, even though I will appreciate the things that people give me. As we celebrate today, my wish for you, regardless of who you are or what you celebrate is that you have enough. I wish you enough time with loved ones to make happy memories, enough food to keep you full, enough shelter to keep you safe and content and enough love to sustain your spirit. Know that we love hearing from each of you every day and we are thankful for your presence in our lives. Merry Christmas from all of us to you!