Before you know it, the holiday rush has carried you along to the post-Season Sales, where you can buy more stuff you didn’t need in the first place at savings of up to 50%. As Christmas Sunday is just four days away, allow me to put a momentary brake on all our hustle and bustle, take a brief pause…yes, that’s it, let the air out SLOWLY, (doesn’t that feel better?) and take a few minutes for this post.
Those of you who are on my personal mailing list have already received my annual chronicle of our family events, and those who are not probably wouldn’t be interested in the details. One of the events of note in the past year has been my discovery of a wonderful group of people willing to share their writings, and often details of their personal lives with our self-selected on-line community and me. The remarkable part of all this is that word, community, which we find ourselves inhabiting together. Our stories range from the tragic to the adventurous, from the heart-rending to the laugh-out-loud humorous, from the trivial details of daily life to inspiring pinnacles of courage.
You have been most kind in all the comments you’ve left on my Space since I started posting this summer. As my family gathers for the upcoming Christmas celebration at our house Christmas Eve, I’m busying myself with the details of planning a menu, shopping for food, borrowing enough chairs so all of us will be able to sit for our traditional feast, and getting my work caught up so we can be left undisturbed for the weekend. I know I won’t have much time later, so I want now to extend to each of you my gratitude for allowing me to come into your lives, and to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year at this celebration of birth as we circle here in the chalice of Earth.