Merry Christmas!

As we head into the last two weeks of the year, I just wanted to do a quick post to wish you the best of the holiday season.  It is always a mixed bag – we miss those who have passed, sad nostalgic memories sometimes making it difficult to see the happy, but then happy new memories and old memories make everything sparkly and warm.  Here is a list of my favorite things, and things I wish for you for your holiday:

  • sweet sugar cookies, crunchy peanut butter cookies, creamy fudge, and sugared pecans.
  • a warm bed with soft pillows and comforting quilts and a long night of sleep to go with it.
  • A nice salty ham with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries and plenty of cloves.
  • A little snow to brighten your Christmas, but not so much that you can’t go to church, to visit family, etc.
  • Bright Christmas lights that sparkle on your tree, real or artificial, and ornaments that have meaning.
  • Hot coffee with chocolate and peppermint, and a savory breakfast to enjoy it with.
  • Peppermint sticks, ribbon candy, Whitman’s chocolates, and M&Ms.
  • Presents that are practical, and some presents that are fun, wrapped in cheerful, bright wrapping paper with shiny bows.
  • A good book or two, or a gift certificate to the nearest bookstore.
  • Friendly, happy family and friends to spend the day with.
  • Eggnog.
  • A tangerine in the toe of your stocking.
  • Health.
  • Happiness.
  • Laughter.

Happy Holidays.  Merry Yule.  Happy Winter Solstice.  Happy Saturnalia.  Merry Christmas. Whatever you celebrate, I wish you joy.

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