Merry Meet my wonderful readers! It is after 5pm Christmas eve. I am settled in by the fire with husband and daughter at my side. A Mickey Mouse Christmas is on tv, a glass of spiced wine is in my hand. My hubby is trying to secretly wrap the gifts he chose for me, my daughter is dozing, and I am feeling warm and happy and accomplished! 🙂 Wrapping is done, gifts are bought, the fridge is full and the candles and fire are lit. Tomorrow and the next day will be busy and festive and fun.
Tomorrow the entire family gathers here in the evening for the usual ham dinner with all the fixings and our gift exchange which is a game..I’m sure you know of it. Everybody picks a number out of a hat. #1 goes first, of course, and picks from a pile of presents and opens it. #2 goes next…they can pick a present from the pile or steal the gift from person #1!…and so it goes! Often very funny and the gifts are great! Can go on for hours! LOL
On Sunday, my daughter, her hubby and my granddaughter will be here for our family gift exchange and a brunch. We started celebrating a different day when our beautiful granddaughter came along. So they could be home in the morning with her and her gifts from Father Christmas. Changing things up was necessary and a surprising positive thing. We are much more relaxed and less rushed and it’s always a peaceful, relaxing, fun day.
As I said in a previous post, Christmas for us has always been a secular holiday..we do not celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. But we don’t mind being told Merry Christmas either. We are open to all religions and their celebrations. So be it Yule, Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa…however you celebrate it, it is a magickal time of year.
What would be really wonderful, is if everyone could keep the way they feel this time of the year, in their heart and minds all year long. The love that is shared with your family and friends, should be shared all year long. Feeling the thrill of christmas morn like a child, the warmth and comfort of a fire or a lit candle, the feeling you have when you see the faces of your children and grandchildren opening their gifts, the swelling heart you feel when your loved ones are gathered around the table, the smell of food cooking and the tree and greens that adorn your home, and the peacefulness of a dark room with lit tree and fire….all those feelings should be there all year long! Try to record these feelings in your memory and recall them all year long!
“[I]t is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain “have fun.” Whether they call it Yuletide, Noel, Weinachten, or Christmas, people around the earth thirst for its refreshment as the desert traveller for the oasis. ” ~D.D. Monroe
I wish you all a joyous Yuletide season…However you celebrate it. May your next year find you and yours healthy, happy, prosperous, and content with the life you are living. I am appreciative of all of you who come here to visit, and to my sisters in spirit, and my facebook friends who have helped me grow so much in my path, my experience, and my lessons in life! I am most Goddess Blessed indeed. Love to my family who support and love me and whom I love more than life itself.
Blessed Be, Autumn