All is calm… all is bright. We made the journey up to our cottage last night and today the snow has been falling all day, creating a scene that is evocative of a Christmas card. I can’t quite believe how beautiful it looks… and how peaceful. Given the hectic pace of the days leading up to Christmas, this is a much needed retreat in which to reflect on the glory that is Christmas. I know that for our family, there is truly no other season that carries with it so much anticipation, expectation, and sense of tradition. And so, on the day after Christmas, there is a bittersweet sense that another year has passed and we will press on to a New Year, and so the cycle repeats itself once again. While we may feel a bit of letdown now that the “Big Day” has passed, I’m happy to look back on the many festivities and revel in the beauty, warmth and connection that each of our Christmas celebrations brought us. I do hope that was the case for you and your family as well. Another Christmas come and gone, with all its hopes and dreams, with family either present or absent, with the ache of missing loved ones who have passed, but ultimately, a time to recognize the many blessing that we are privileged to enjoy.
One of our family traditions is to watch Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Christmas Day and last night was no exception. Despite getting stuck on the road to our cottage, we finally unpacked our bags, made a fire and hot chocolate, and settled down to watch this classic tale of the essence of Christmas. Scrooge’s journey and transformation never cease to move me. I particularly love this line from the ending of Dickens’ story:
“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
And so… a few highlights from our Christmas. Whether your gatherings were large or small, turkey or vegan, spent with family or friends (or both), filled with song, or just filled with love, I trust Christmas 2016 will hold a special place in your heart.