I hope that your day has been filled with love, surprises, joy, wonder, and peace. The days leading up to Christmas can be crazy, rushed, and hectic but when dawn breaks on the 25th, all the magic begins. Children rushing to the tree hoping that Santa brought them their heart’s desire, squealing in delight with each rip and tear of the wrapping paper. Parents, tired from staying up late wrapping Santa’s presents to their children, watching the chaos unfold with a smile on their faces and a strong cup of coffee in their hands. Grandparents waiting by the window for the arrival of children and grandchildren. Mouth’s watering in a home filled with the aroma of the meal that they’ve been anticipating for days. Smiles, laughter, tears, the memories of those that are no longer present, coos and baby talk for the newest members of the family, introductions of girlfriends, boyfriends, and tagalong friends, and, joy. And, at the end of the day, hugs, goodbyes, and “I love you’s” spontaneously begin. The house is quiet once again but still filled with all the love and joy that it contained just a short time ago. Hearts are full. Christmas has come and gone once again but it remains in our hearts if we just hold onto it. My wish for you is that the joy, peace, wonder, and love that you’ve felt today will stay with you for a very long time.
“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” ~ Andy Rooney