Yup, December is crazy. And as much as I may whine about being busy or not having enough time in the day... I do just LOVE this month.
I love the special family birthdays -- Aleksandr, Sue, Serenity, Haakon, Josh and Steven. Whew! That's a lot, but apparently a good month to share time and experiences with one another as we see some of you for parties!
I love decorating for the holidays. Yes it can be cheesy. Yes some people go way over the top. Yes even I have many lights and ornaments and a few wall hangings in my house... but I have no guilt over "commercialization" of Christmas... because for some reason it sort of brings back the magic that I remember Christmas feeling like when I was little. Hope, expectation, joy... all those feelings. I remember just laying on the couch in the dark with my sister Kirsten and just talking and staring at the lit up tree and listening to Little Drummer Boy off Mom's favorite tape... I swear it was magical and so much fun! I know those feelings aren't a result of the decorations, but somehow they are connected in my mind because of how much I love them when I was younger.
I love Christmas music! Top favorite album for the season -- Amy Grant Christmas. Just can't go wrong with that CD. Then Late Tuesday. Their rendition of O Holy Night is AMAZING.
I love cold weather and snow outside, and a crackling fire on the inside.
I love that Gravity rarely has too much work in December, and so I get to keep Steven home with me a lot :)
I love the parties and many excuses to see people that you love, both family and friends!
I love seeing an outpouring of generosity from many folks I know to those less fortunate -- food, gifts, money, volunteering... and I love giving back to the community I live in, in small ways, and hoping to be a blessing to someone else.
I love Oly. Enough said.
I love ALL OF YOU READING THIS! and here's a shout-out to Grandma Hazel - it was so nice to talk to you last night, and I am sure glad to know that you and Grandpa Russ enjoy reading this blog :)
Happy December 9th. Happy birthday Josh!