Countdown to Christmas

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.

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Christmas 2007

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.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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7 Responses to Countdown to Christmas

  1. What a lovely way to view the run up to Christmas – as season of abundance, not a season of excess and commercialism as I have been wont to think of it in recent years. Thank you for taking me back. Merry Christmas!

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  2. What a great blog post! 🙂 I love all things Christmas and the family traditions that you shared with us are so sweet! I love the laughter and the Christmas card exchange! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Joanne! 🙂

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  3. davecenker says:

    Amen to everything you say 🙂 And here’s to extending that sharing, giving, laughing, and love to all 365 days of the year! Thank you for sharing and best wishes for a very happy holiday season 😉

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