I love this time of the year! Children are making sure to be nice so the elves don't tell on them, generosity is abounding, and many traditions are starting.
Some of our traditions started, most likely, in my parent's attempt to be able to sleep in on Christmas rather than waking up before dawn when a child discovered that Santa finally visited the house.
One Christmas Eve my parents took all of us (7 at that time then soon my little brother would make 8) out to a pizza place, then around town to look at lights, and we would search the sky for any sign of Santa's sleigh. After we were full and tired, we would go home and sure enough, Santa would have already been there. We would open the presents, play a little bit, then go to sleep.
The Christmas Eve tradition expanded to include movies, doughnuts, and usually way too much junk food for any stomach to feel pleasant. Now all my siblings do something similar on Christmas Day regardless of where we are. This year, I will be spending Christmas with my sister, her husband,and their four children. On Christmas Eve we will find a pizza place, will watch a movie, will have some doughnuts, and orange juice, and then go to a City Park, walk around, and look at all the different lights that are up in the City and in the surrounding areas.
This year my heart has been heavy with grief, but at the same time, full of joy. There are so many people who have lost loved ones due to different tragedies, whether a school shooting, or a pile-up on the highway, who know that their lives will never be the same. My prayers and thoughts have been with these people that someday they will find happiness again and that they will have pleasant memories.
I am full of joy due to the people that I have learned to appreciate. I have a warm place to come home to and great people that I am around. I have been blessed in the past job and this one to work with amazing people who are not only co-workers, but that I can call friends.
I hope that you all are having a great season and Happy Holidays!