We are having a wonderful Christmas season so far….possibly our best ever. I don’t really know why.
I mean, I can think of some things…Little Guy is more aware of Christmas this year than ever before. It is our first Christmas with Baby V. We are more plugged into our current community than we have been at our last few postings.
But there is also that certain something…an indefinable blend of hope, peace, gratitude, and longing that gives me a heightened awareness of the importance of every single moment I spend with my husband and children this holiday season. It reminds me to value everything I have…and also to recognize its potential for transience.
And it reminds me of the one thing I desire most this year.
I know it sounds trite. I know that’s what everybody says at Christmas. But this year, I find myself aching for peace. I want peace for my siblings and parents. I want peace for my son. I want peace for my husband. I want peace for myself. I want peace for the recently bereaved. I want peace in the Middle East, and for those I know and care about who are there. I want peace in my church. I want peace for hurting friends.
It is not all possible, I know. But doesn’t the desire count for something?
I think it does. Peace begins in the conscious need for peace.
We have had a lovely Christmas season so far. We visited the light show on the river with some good friends here from playgroup. We went to our community Polar Express celebration with another good friend. We visited two live Nativities this past weekend. We have been making Christmas ornaments, some at home, and some at our holiday library storytimes. We have been watching Christmas movies…old favorites and new favorites. We have been reading Christmas books…some we have loved for years, and some we have just discovered. We have been eating GAPS-friendly treats….oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, walnut crunch.
We have played with our Nativity set, sat in the dark with the Christmas tree lights, and listened to Christmas music.
Baby V has discovered snowglobes and shiny ornaments.
It has been a good few weeks.
I hope your December has been as lovely as ours.
And before I sign off for today, I’d like to leave you with a few links I’ve been enjoying recently. Merry Christmas!
- This is a lovely conglomeration of one family’s Advent ideas, by one of my favorite blogger friends.
- A St. Lucia post from Bending Birches.
- A collection of real food Christmas treats from Modern Alternative Kitchen.
- Something I think I may make for Christmas breakfast.
- A photo site I check every day just to make me happy.
- A very helpful sensory processing blog I just discovered this week.
- Some chocolates I want to make when I have time.
- An article that explains my apparently contradictory belief about something.
- And a book art portfolio that I look up when I need a reminder that black and white isn’t always black and white.