Today marks the first of 11 glorious days off. My “Out of Office” messages are on; the laptop and iPhone are not.
This morning started just as I’d planned — waking naturally to a twilight house, with no alarm, to the aroma of coffee gurgling in the kitchen.
Hubbs was up already, I could hear the ting-ting-ting of his spoon stirring as I dressed quietly.
Plugging in the tree lights, and with Christmas Carols playing softly, I poured a second cup of coffee not long after the first.
Wandering through the house, tidying this, straightening that, I turned on the dryer to re-tumble the towels washed last night and stood to watch the snow fall.
This is what I want for Christmas.
No particular place to be.
No conference calls, no projects, no spreadsheets, no Power Points. No deadlines, fire drills, last-minute demands.
Time to rest, to read, to stretch, to relax.
Time to sleep, to laugh, to cook, to have fun.
Time to …whatever.
“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.”
― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Tomorrow we’ll have our boys and daughter-in-law and girlfriend plus the grand kids over for yummy foods and games, opening of presents and more – oh they are so excited. And we are, too. A thousand conversations will be had, we’ll not finish one. And as much as they’ll blow in with commotion and busy-ness and a 100 questions – they’ll blow out just as hard, leaving behind the wake of a quiet mess. And that’s just fine with me~ because in the rush and build up that is Christmas, it’s nice to stand still and savor the moments. The most glorious messes I know ~ are the ones created by the gathering of loved ones.
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“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11).
Merry Christmas; I wish you peace today and always!