Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Don't harsh my mellow
We chose the later....and we have done so for the last 20 years. Sometimes you need to quiet yourself to appreciate the subtleties in life. We were quiet...and definitely appreciated the down time.
These are a few of my reflections of the day:
- Hanging out in your jammies 'til noon once or twice a year should be a requirement. Any more than that and it is abused...sorta brinks on lazy. But done minimally, it is luxurious...almost rebellious.
- Why is it so darn fun to find the luminaries that you lit at dusk on Christmas Eve still glowing when you wake up Christmas morning? Joe takes such pride in the fact that there were so many still lit the next day---and of course, we all high-fived him when he came in--like he had something to do with that.
- It isn't Christmas until I have opened a book as a present. Joe surprises me with a book each year--and this was no different. I opened Mary Oliver's latest collection of poetry yesterday morning. It's hard-cover....and pure heaven.
- There is no sound like that of your children laughing together in the other room.
- After all the presents have been opened and the mess semi-cleared, I always have this feeling like "Really? All that for that?" Gees, Christmas is such a fuss for such a long time....and it's all over and unwrapped in minutes. We should all remember that feeling when we are rushing around like fools those weeks before. All that "stuff" doesn't really matter, does it?
- I think what I like best about the holidays is the cards, the phone calls, and the visits with those we want to be with. Why do we need an excuse to do this the rest of the year? I especially like it when the holiday rests in the middle of the week--it gives us all those weekend days to visit our friends and family.
- There is nothing more beautiful than snow falling on Christmas morning.
- Charlie Brown had it right....it doesn't have to be all glitter and sparkle...mediocrity is totally underrated.
So, all rested and re-grouped, I head into the office today, hoping for a wee bit of pre-Christmas crazy reprieve. I've got my fingers crossed that everyone else is feeling like I am--stuffed to the gills with cookies and egg nog, and in a holiday-induced state of chill. At least for one day.