The newspaper is filled with summaries of the year's events--newsmakers, notables, notorious crimes. We're entering an election year, so naturally there are lots of pious political predictions. In our community there is great interest in a couple of bowl games, so there are plenty of pigskin prognostications, too.
Most of these features bore me. I don't need to be reminded of serial murders, the misdeeds of area politicians, or the fact that my alma mater is in a non-BCS bowl.
Most of these things are an intrusion on my holiday serenity. I want to keep the Christmas season through Epiphany, hanging on to the birth of Christ and His promise of peace. I also want to ignore all party invitations for the night of December 31st and I loathe the idea of New Years resolutions, but that's another story. For now, my Christmas naughty and nice list. Ho Ho Ho and Merry Merry!
- Having the kids home
- John playing Christmas carols on the piano
- Handwritten greetings from old friends
- Candles in the windows of colonial homes
- Fragrant, balsam wreaths from L.L. Bean
- A real fire in the fireplace
- Cats playing with Christmas ribbon
- Thymes' Frasier Fir candle
- Candy Canes & Gingerbread men
- Staying up late to watch It's a Wonderful Life (again!), then sleeping in on Christmas morning
Christmas blessings from Mimsy Claus!
"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year." --Charles Dickens