Merry Christmas Eve….it’s been a truly beautiful day in my world. Tonight I am winding down and feeling very lucky and happy about everything. I have been trying to get a post up on this blog all week, but most are half written rants about politics or other topics. Tonight I just wanted to stop in here and wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas, for all who celebrate, and a Happy Hanukka to my Jewish readers. Whatever your holiday, I wish you the VERY best of peace and love! It’s an amazing time of year where we all put love and family ahead of most everything else. Too bad we don’t do it more often!
I made my Christmas very differently this year. I decided back in October that I would celebrate and enjoy my holiday season this year. I did not want any negativity – despite what is happening in America – and I refused to let it affect my Christmas festivities.
I decorated my house nicely; put up a sweet Christmas tree in front of the big bay window in my living room. I put the little green fireplace next to it and sat a cute little Santa sculpture on top. I placed a poinsettia in the kitchen. Put up a card tree and strung it with a mini-string of lights. Yes, I really did it up this year. And it felt terrific!
I managed to do my shopping over the last several months, picking up a gift or two here and there when I had the money. That way I wasn’t stretched too thin close to the actual holiday. I got something for each person on my list, and even stuffed a stocking for my bestie. I got the dogs both a few little “dog gifts” and everything looked wonderful all wrapped and under my tree.
Today, Christmas Eve day, I got up and made some coffee and fed the dogs. After they came back inside from their morning romp in the backyard, I got them all excited to open their presents. They had a blast! Two little wiggly dogs, all full of excitement and helping me rip the paper off their presents. They got balls, a new bath towel, a new food mat, half a dozen new “stuffies” each and treats galore! Spoiled rotten they are!
This afternoon I took my bestie’s gifts over to her, she was home sick with a really bad cold. We hung out for a little while, and I invited her over to supper. She took a nap after I left, but did manage to make it over. I got her settled on the other couch and took care of her for a couple of hours; making her dinner and setting her up with a new regimen of vitamins and supplements to try to help her feel better. She’s been contending with some depression and is really having a difficult time lately. We are both in recovery, and sometimes I think she struggles with that more than I do.
She told me she hasn’t been coming around because she’s been so down and out that she didn’t want ME to feel that way too! Problem is that when she does that I think she’s blowing me off…and that’s not good. I appreciate her trying to protect me, but I want our friendship to be one where she feels comfortable being around me no matter what’s going on with us. We both have our struggles, and we should be able to talk about anything as friends. We talked a lot about this today and I hope we have cleared it up and things will be better between us. She really means a lot to me; it’s like we are sisters.
Tomorrow, Christmas Day, I will do the early morning shift at work. It will probably be pretty slow as most people will be home with their families having Christmas morning. I only have to work 4 hours, then I will change clothes and head up to spend Christmas Day with my family at my parents’ house. I’m aiming for a political conversation free day; hopefully no one will mention politics. My family is divided over these issues, so it can get a bit heated in that respect. Most all of my family will be there, except my youngest brother and his wife and kids, who have gone snowmobiling and rented a cabin down Maine. Nola and Lulu will unfortunately have to stay home tomorrow, and I am feeling a twinge of guilt because of that. I will try to be home by 3pm-4pm for them. By that time I will have had plenty of family time and Christmas festivity!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!