I hope that today finds you happy and content, relaxed and ready for whatever this special day brings you. We will have a busy day visiting family today, and hopefully enjoying all the fun that the holiday brings. In Christmases past, we’ve had some funny and entertaining memories involving a deer carcass and a fallen Christmas tree. This year, it seems that things have been a whirlwind of getting ready, and there have been a few things that have made Christmas a little more sentimental for me.
This year one of our usual traditions has been altered. My dad is selling the house and farm where I grew up and moving to a new house that is already under construction. I admit to feeling sad about this. It was compounded a little more by the fact that they didn’t even put up a Christmas tree this year because they were going to be gone over Christmas. I don’t fault them for not doing it, but it threw me a bit, mostly because it’s the last Christmas in the house where I grew up.
However, I’m realizing that I have so much to celebrate this year that it’s silly to focus on what is less than ideal. I have my family, friends and dogs to enjoy the holiday with, and now is the time when all the planning, cleaning, wrapping and preparing are over. We can just enjoy that precious time with our loved ones, even though sometimes it feels like there are just too many parties to attend and too many things to do. I know that there are people who are wishing they had just one more holiday with someone special. I could never wish those things away.
So much of the stress that we feel comes from the pressure to make things perfect, but it’s the things that are imperfect that are what we remember with smiles and laughter for years to come. Our family is still laughing about the first year my dad and stepmom were married and the turkey caught on fire in the oven. My stepmom probably wishes we would forget that incident, but it’s become a part of family canon. I’ve learned to embrace the imperfections and enjoy them for the funny stories they will become.
So now it’s time to see how everyone likes the gifts we got, enjoy good food, have fun with family and make enough memories to last us until next year. We wish you good times with friends and family, peace of mind and heart, and lots of happy memories. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, please know that we wish these things for you today and every day.