Thank you all for your comments on the holiday postings. I love the decorations and general holiday spirit that goes around this time of year and wish it would remain throughout the year.
Someone asked me once why I love the holidays so much and I had to think about it for a minute. After all, he said, the holidays bring traffic, stress, increased road rage, lines at the mall, annoying Christmas music and excess weight . . . and oh yeah - the dreaded fruit cake! As I pondered his words I realized that he had completely missed the beauty in the situation. The winter holidays (no matter what religion) are a time for people to come together. They allow friends and family to re-connect, there is a feeling of good will that enables compassion for those who are generally ignored (a feeling I wish would last throughout the year). Yes you may pick up a few pounds, but then you should use that as inspiration to be more active the next year. This time is so special for so many reasons, but sometimes it is more difficult to see the positive than the negative. The other day I went back to the grove with a friend and we were listening to the car horns honking while we walked from out parking spot. As she shared her annoyance with the holiday road rage, I told her to turn it into a song. Play your favorite holiday song in your head and see where the horns landed within it. She chose Jingle Bells and low and behold the horns actually fit in quite well. While I wish the holidays did not bring so much stress, I still appreciate and love them. I wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.
I will be posting up my recent photos and telling you about my latest holiday adventures quite soon so stay tuned . . .