Quiet Christmas Preparations

December 8, 2011

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Gracious Living Day by DayLast Christmas, my family decided to simplify our holiday celebrations.

Things seemed complicated enough in our everyday lives.

Joe and Branka had moved in with us and we were trying to merge the lifestyles of two families into a workable routine.

Sam was about to graduate from high school, and the rest of the kids were at college, or law school or applying to graduate school, or working at demanding jobs. They all needed our help in one way or another.

Our financial situation was not ideal. So much seemed to be up in the air.

One of the kids suggested that we forgo Christmas gifts.

So we did.

We still celebrated Christmas, though.

We hung a cheery cedar wreath on our front door and brought in a freshly cut Christmas tree that imbued our living room with the scent of wild winter forests.

And, we cooked and baked, set the table with our best crystal and china, and invited guests for a wonderful celebration at our home.

But no one was allowed to bring gifts – although this rule did exclude bottles of wine, desserts and sweets.

I cannot tell you how much calmer, saner, more relaxed my last Christmas was than it had been in the years past. I remember it with joy.

This December, we are repeating our experiment of the previous year – and I feel happy and peaceful and buoyant.

I look forward to going to the farmer’s market this coming Saturday (with Joe, Nena and Nicole) and choosing the loveliest, freshest, most fragrant tree.

I look forward to all the children coming home in the next few weeks – to cooking and baking and sitting around our dining room table and talking and laughing.

I feel that we have everything we need.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen December 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

IMO- to be free of the commercial trappings of the holidays is the best. The best to your friends and family- good friends, good spirits, and peace to all.


Liliana December 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hugs and best wishes to you and your family, Ellen!


Leo December 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

As long as the tree is taller than you are I will be happy. No midget trees!!!


Liliana December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Oh, the tree will be taller that I, I promise you that, young man. Maybe it will be even taller than you.

Your mother can’t wait to see you back home! Best of luck on your finals. Love and hugs to you.


Dave Harrison December 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

You have Family, Friends and Love, you live in the Greatest Nation in the World and you have Freedoms galore, What more could anyone ask other than world peace.
Merry Christmas to you & your entire family. May God smile down 0n you all and keep you safe in all your travels.


Liliana December 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

I agree, Dave!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, love and good wishes to all.


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