I posted this last year at Christmas...it's a passage from an old "O" magazine article that, for me, perfectly encapsulates the magic (and complexity) of the holidays...
"For my grandparents, the essential thing about Christmas is midnight mass, and the birth of a child who shall be called Prince of Peace. For my mother, I think it’s the solstice and the fact that the days will get longer, the light will return. For my father it’s Santa Claus, the spirit of abundance and generosity. But for me, it seems to be something at once simpler and more complicated than all these things…"
So for the rest of the week, I'm unplugging a bit (i.e. no blogging or email) and focusing on the essential things...you know the reveling in each other and the UNO tournaments and the gingerbread house making and whatnot. We also have big plans to drink our weight in hot chocolate and paint rocks and sticks...truly we're livin' it up over here friends.
I am so grateful for all of you guys. Have the happiest of holidays, and whatever is the essential thing for you about this season, take time to revel in it.