The quote “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive” encapsulates the feeling I have throughout the Christmas run up. Not because I don’t enjoy the day itself – I do in so many ways. But the real magic is in the anticipation.
The family traditions we build in each year, the decorating, the planning of menus, the shopping for gifts, the music and films – those things all play a huge part in the excitement for me.
But seeing it all through a child’s eyes is pure joy. Every year I find new ways to whip Junior Child up into a subtle seasonal frenzy about the the holiday season and all the rituals that we carry out. She looks forward to each and every one of them – from the first lighting of the Holiday candle at the beginning of December to the cooking of the ham on Christmas Eve.
My emotions run high and I cry at just about everything with a Christmas theme! In amongst all the madness I always stop to marvel at the husband and daughter that I spent so long thinking I’d never have. And that makes me cry too.
So now it’s time to slow down, step off the crazy blog train for a while and relish a slow weekend, the magic of Christmas Eve and all the excitement of Christmas Day. I’ll be popping up now and again but not as often as usual – time out is my gift to myself and I intend to use it wisely.