Happy Crazy Holiday, right? What a chore things can be at this time of year. Obligations and time tables evaporating before our eyes. Christmas parties, family trips and too many sweets. Kids in school and out of school, kids coming home or not. Airport deliveries and anxiously awaiting long distance plans.
It was fun to see the excitement in my daughters eyes for her trip abroad plans last night. We did “google hangouts” while she packed for the colder climate and discussed the activities and what she would need for her visit to Germany. The purple sweater or burnt orange cashmere? Good walking shoes; which boots? A formal dress if they go out for an elegant evening? But wait, need to add a wrap and dressy shoes for that.
I will not get to spend this holiday with her, it is an international trip she has planned to visit her best friend, Theresa, stationed in Germany. Perhaps it will also be a trip in history if she has the time to tour areas where her ancestors came from. We emailed cousin Bill for that information last night. The German culture is so much a part of Christmas holiday traditions here in the United States. I am anxious for her to see her friend and enjoy a different culture during this holiday season!
For me? I have my friend, Renee, that will make the journey from Denver. We plan to catch up on the year and take in the holidays. Perhaps a bike ride on the coast. Old friends are the best. I have carefully planned surprises for her to unwrap under the tree. I have also invited some new friends for Christmas eve that have no place to go or plans for the holiday, blending the old and the new. We all feel blessed to have each other.
So I will have my new extended family here in the lovely city of San Diego and this will be the very first Christmas without my only child. Thoughts of past Christmas’s will fill my heart and I will miss her. I have great anticipation of her joy to grow and learn and be on that special journey and wonderment that life has to offer for her holiday this year. And to spend it with her special friend.
Cheers to our families, our travels and memories both past, present and future. In the honor of tradition, I am dusting off the old DVD I watch every year, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. A quick pause, I draw it close to my heart. Memories. I have mixed emotions this Christmas, but overall I know that, yes, it truly is a wonderful life.
Todays action is to consider inviting someone to join you in celebration at Christmas that may not have family or plans. It is in the giving that we truly receive.