One of my favorite things to do in the wintertime while the fog is still thick over the island is to wake up early and light a fire in the fireplace. I turn on the lights of the Christmas tree and I make myself a strong cup of coffee. I snuggle up in thick blankets and listen to Christmas music. Sometimes, I’ll even sneak Christmas cookies never mind that I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet.
These quiet moments allow me to really appreciate all that I have and what I’m most thankful for. I treasure them dearly because they don’t come around very often.
So when I found myself feeling panicked late last week and throughout the entire weekend over my crammed packed schedule and my not even rational to do list I made a decision. A really important one.
I want to keep my Christmas cheer. I want to wrap presents and enjoy the mess that was created from needing to wrap so many. I want to watch Christmas movies on the Hallmark Movie Channel and cry happy tears because it ended right. I want to pile my cup so high with tiny marshmallows I can barely taste the hot chocolate.
I want to share a big meal with my family on Christmas Eve and when it’s over grab our bikes and ride the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights as a proud member of the “family bike brigade.” I want to listen intently as my sweet Mom reads The Polar Express and choke back the lump in my throat as she rings the bell of Christmas magic. I want to squeal with excitement as all 8 of us in our matching pajamas run down the stairs to see what Santa has left behind.
When the presents have been opened and we’re together and quiet again, I want to remember the most amazing gift was already given to all of us to many years ago.
Team Crowned Goat is taking a break this week so we can enjoy all of these wondrous gifts of the season and I hope you will too. Thank you so much for supporting this little blog. It is my honor to come into your lives each week. Your gifts of friendship and encouragement have given me the real meaning of Christmas all year long.
Many blessings for a Merry Christmas,