Yesterday when I left work I reported that if the predicted snow came I might not come in this morning. And yet, here I am. The roads weren't that bad. True, I worry mightily about being rear-ended by some nut in a hurry to get somewhere. Especially since I did get hit from behind one clear and sunny afternoon while just sitting at a red light, minding my own business. For some reason I just wanted to come in today. Hardly anyone is here, and I like that. It's quiet and there is a total lack of stress. I can write on my blog, in between answering the few calls that come in and scheduling post-holiday appointments. Yeah, it's dark, quiet, lonely even and I love it. It's the anonymous hermit in me coming out again.
On the way home I'll stop at the grocery story for a few last minute items: milk, something to bring to the in-law's tomorrow, maybe a snack or two for Christmas. I really enjoy these pre-holiday days, the ones where everything I'm going to buy in the way of gifts is wrapped and under the tree, the cookies are already eaten and the egg nog is almost gone. Now I can sit and listen to Christmas music or watch another holiday movie without guilt. Of course, there are always things to do--the empty boxes from decorations still need to be put away. Another bottle of wine needs to be picked up for dinner. Those things will always be there. Nothing is ever 100% after all.
Still, Christmas magic is in the air. We'll spend it with two of our three kids this year. Amy will be celebrating with Johnny in Japan and I'll shoot her an email or a facebook message. She'll be okay for Christmas. We had our celebration with her last week.
At midnight mass, I'll say prayers for family, for safe travel, for peace. And I'll express gratitude for all that I have, even now, in spite of the poor economy. I'm more than content, I'm joyful. Joy is better than happiness, which can be fleeting and dependent on circumstance.
So for any readers out there, whatever you may be celebrating, whatever plans you may have, I wish you joy! Joyeau Noell! Feliz Navidad! Happy Hannukah! Peaceful Kwanza! Happy Holidays!