Thursday, December 25, 2008

Deck your halls and jingle your bells!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Wherever you are, I hope you are having a wonderful day today.

I am visiting with family in New Jersey. We have just finished opening our presents in an exchange of decidely modest proportions compared to years past. That, actually, is a very good trend, which I hope we keep up in future years as the economy improves and wallets fatten -- for we always tended to go WAY overboard, anyway. (I still have past gifts tucked away unused in closets, for gosh sakes!)

As I write this, my mom and sister are readying the turkey for the oven, and we expect brothers, sister-in-law and nieces and nephew for a big feast later this afternoon. I'm excited: Mom's turkey, stuffing and gravy are unsurpassed, and it's wonderful that she is still able to prepare them all. Though we may have cut back on the gift-giving, we do indulge in the tradition that really means the most in the end: time together as a family.

I also hope to sneak out for a walk with my sis, to get some exercise in this bracing, N.J. winter air. Brrrr!!! I'm not a huge fan of the cold, but it's nice to be here for my yearly "fix" of snow ...

We attended Christmas Eve mass last night at the church we used to belong to as a family. It's a lovely, old church, and the service -- though long -- was quite beautiful and moving. It helped get me more into the true spirit of the holiday.

So: Whether or not you celebrate this particular holiday, I wish for you all the things that Christmas symbolizes: peace, hope, charity, and love. Most of all, love.


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