Driving around the Mall this week, I was amazed to find out that not everyone is in the holiday spirit. Several drivers tried to cut me off and one “flipped me off,” because I wasn’t driving fast enough. Oh well. I’m still keeping my holiday spirit in tact.
I am happy to report that most of my gift-buying is finished. My adult daughter makes it easy for me in that all she wants is MONEY. My husband, on the other hand, relies on Christmas for the acquisition of his wardrobe. Without the holiday gifts I give him, he would still be wearing the shirts he wore in high school (and that was a long, long time ago). I enjoy picking out his clothes, however, because he is a trim size medium. This means almost anything I get him looks terrific on him!
My nieces and nephew in Arizona had their first trip to Santa this year. They are triplets, but they look and act as different as night and day. Each has a distinct appearance and personality. And each responded to Santa in their own way. One of them, Ayden, seemed particularly adverse to taking part in the Santa ritual. Here’s the result!
This just reminded me of the variety of emotions that people feel this time of year. There is happiness, loneliness, joy, regret, excitement, boredom. Emotions run the gambit. We have the option of helping ourselves dwell on the positive, even when circumstances pose challenges. This holiday season we may not have everything the way we want it, but let’s rejoice and enjoy what we do have.
In addition to the gorgeous triplets, I have a new nephew in California. Little Gabriel has become the brightest light in his family’s Chanukah celebration.
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, I wish you peace and love!