December 25, 2011. One week until 2012 starts. It’s been a fantastic year. One of the best I can recall.
While most other people are celebrating Christmas, I am spending a quiet day at home with my paints, a puzzle, a book and blessed peace and quiet. Yuletide, having started on the 22nd has me on holiday from work and thoroughly enjoying the change of pace and ability to relax.
I spent last evening with Dave, Bizz and Dan. We had dinner together and then opened presents. Nothing fancy, just a few Yuletide gifts that warmed each of our hearts. The days of spending stupid amounts of money on presents is well behind me, I think. (Mind you I say that every year. This has just been the first that the budget couldn’t be stretched to accommodate them.) No problem. It was fun without all the stress and hoopla!
I did get a couple of unexpected gifts this year. My staff gave me a great bottle of wine, some bubble bath, an adorable reindeer bottle cork, and some tea. My assistant also made me a willow wreath and my programming coordinator made me a tiger’s eye bracelet. On Friday, my niece showed up at my office with a gift for me. I asked her if I should open it then or if I had to wait. She instructed me to wait. (It was tough!) She gave me a set of six beautiful ornaments. I was stunned when I opened the package and found these delicate and oh, so gorgeous ornaments nestled in a box. Instead of putting them on the tree, I put them on the willow wreath. They will hang where everyone can see them all year long.
|Gorgeous ornaments from my adorable niece now hang on the beautiful willow wreath made by Adele. |
Bizz and Dan gave me some foot stuff – scrubs, and scrubbers and all the things one needs to make their feet feel special. Ali and Dave gave me an Amazon.com gift certificate. Dave gave me cash, with which I’m going to treat myself to a couple of Holy Clothing tops that I’ve had my eye on, but which my Visa has firmly refused to look at. Or, it will go toward paint for the spare room. Not entirely sure yet if my conscience will permit the Holy Clothing indulgence. I think this is one of the most delightful Yuletides as far as gifts goes I’ve had in a long time. Each present has been so thoughtful and so fun.
|I may have to invest in a wine rack! Lovely gifts from friends and family ! |
The festivities were simple this year. Simple and heart-felt beyond measure. I feel like I couldn’t have asked for more if I’d bothered to ask. Right now, in the glow of the Yule tree, I’m so at peace. The solstice has given us the gift of the sun and the promise of spring to come.
Brightest blessings, one and all!