I love this time of year …. not the part where we can stress ourselves out with unrealistic expectations of the perfect Norman Rockwell moment … but the intent of the season – the sharing, the giving, the socializing.
I love the decorations, the bright colours, and the strings of lights everywhere. As the days get shorter and colder, the holiday decorations bring a feeling of warmth and comfort. Everything seems to sparkle. Even our party clothes are sparkly.
I love the party atmosphere. The calendar is suddenly full of social gatherings with family and friends -many of whom I haven’t seen in a long while. It’s a time of laughter, telling stories and catching up with the lives of one another.
My memories as a child include an abundance of treats and special foods that we seemed to only have at Christmas. Our home was bursting with special pastries and chocolates. Now, as an adult, I still love that feeling of abundance as the local stores are filled with special treats to celebrate the season.
I love the tradition of sending greeting cards. It seems to be a dying tradition now, and not many people send out cards anymore … but I love to send them, I love to receive them. My favourite part of Christmas morning is our family exchange of cards before any gifts are opened. This is a moment of levity and fun. Our cards are deliberately chosen for their potential to make each other laugh … and laugh we do!
It’s a time of anticipation. Finding that oh-so-special gift. Surprising others and being surprised.
I particularly love the anticipation of the new year, and the hope that the world will be a kinder and gentler place where anything is possible.