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Christmas Eve

Day 81

It’s Christmas Eve. I went to bed very late last night and as a result, lingered in bed too long this morning. I have enjoyed my morning coffee while having a relaxed conversation with my husband. It feels peaceful. The temperature is finally up to about 44 degrees F, but the wind is blowing the trees around quite a bit. I am guessing it is a little chilly outside.

I woke this morning with the desire to lighten my mood. I started by changing the format of my blog to be lighter and more cheerful. Being a photographer, I loved the black and white images, but it made the blog feel heavy to me.

Today we may go out for a bit — maybe to Barnes and Nobel to peruse the books and have a holiday coffee. We want to feel the air of Christmas and that is always a good non-shopping outing for us.

Later today we will return home, turn on the Christmas lights and enjoy the evening. We have plans to grill Cornish game hens and asparagus for dinner. It will be a quiet evening just as we wanted.

Of course, we miss our families and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We will still have that experience, but it will just be after Christmas this year. That feels right.

IMG_8182From where I am sitting I see the Hummel Christmas ornament Mom bought for hubby back before we were married. It always goes on the tree, but this year it serves as a deeper reminder of Mom. She had so many adventures and travels and never stopped wanting to experience things she had yet to see.

I do not make New Year’s Resolutions. I do think about the coming year and what I hope to experience and accomplish. Right now, I am just aiming to make 2019 feel lighter. And today is the first step toward that goal.

Merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate. For others, I wish you a day filled with the love of family and friends.

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” 
Anne Frank