For the first time in a long time, I think I have to say this was the best Christmas ever, and to no offense to those we love (our parents, siblings, and our children).
The pace was that for which we had been yearning for many years. Slow and with concentrated time in our own home here on the hill, we knew it existed somewhere in the reality of life and not just in day after Christmas dreams.
Even in the time leading up to the big day, I was more relaxed this year. Other things occupied our time this fall (our youngest son’s wedding, opening an Etsy shop featuring custom knitted and crocheted goods, and helping my parents clear out their attic), and somewhere in the midst of it all, I just knew it would get done this year and that I didn’t have to stress as I have in years past.
I even had time to read and enjoy Ann VosKamp’s The Greatest Gift:Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, this Advent. I’m only on December 23, by the way, but that’s okay. If I wanted to, I could relish it until Epiphany, or Easter, for that matter. The coordinating ornaments are on sale here if you want to nab your own set. I plan to incorporate the Jesse Tree next year.
Now, another Christmas has come and gone and we have memories of some firsts for us as the folks who live on the hill:
- empty nest Christmas
- grand baby Quentin
- new daughter-in-love Valerie
- Christmas lunch at our house with my in-loves
- staying home most of the day.
As my next birthday approaches, I’m pondering my prayer-filled Holy Spirit prompts of some changes I believe this is the year to do and not just hope will magically happen without my own part in making them work – blogging here being one of them.
So, on this day after Christmas, what has you pondering?