I awoke this morning to our first winter storm. I just knew we’d get snow before Christmas. As it’s looking, now, we’ll likely even have a white Christmas, which will be lovely.
Kelee and I headed out to the Llano, in the snow, to visit the horses again (what a difference a few days make, huh?). I was listening to Christmas music on my iPod and thinking about this holiday season. I believe it’s up to each of us to discover and create what is important and meaningful in our lives, including the holidays. Have you found traditions that speak to you?
I keep Christmas very differently than I once did. Over the years, little by little, I have stripped responsibilities away until Christmas has become something very simple that I love. I only buy one present—for my 88 year old mother, send no cards, and decide from year to year about a tree.
The holidays, for me, are a time to reminisce about loved ones lost, and to spend time with those still in my life. This year Christmas Eve will be with friends, sharing dinner, and on Christmas Day I’ll be at the Taos Pueblo; invited into a friend’s home there, we’ll be watching traditional dances and celebrating their ancient culture.
I hope this holiday’s approach finds you at ease and with time on your hands. May your days be filled with wonder and your nights a thousand stars.