Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The end of another year is once again upon us. Christmas trees, presents, good food and plenty of family time. It is a time of reflection and hope for good things to come in the new year. Whether you believe in it or not Christmas time is the most wonderful time of the year in that it brings families just a little closer and maybe even a more forgiving and understanding. We are inspired to be more giving. To be givers of things, yes, but more importantly givers of our hearts. I wish that part of Christmas was around all year.

Christmas is so much more commercialized than the Christmas’s I had as a child but I still love it. For me the season is about spending as much time as possible with my husband and two children who aren’t so little any more. It’s about having our family traditions. Although I didn’t have many growing up I’ve created my own along the way and hold them close to my heart. Whether it’s baking cookies, building the gingerbread house, driving through the Christmas lights in Griffith Park and having dinner after, or decorating the tree and putting up the Christmas town underneath, they bring our family together every year. Also, I try to talk about and remember those who aren’t with us any more to give my children a sense of who they are and where they’ve come from. Thoughts of our family, past and present, decorate our house with love and joy. Those memories are priceless.

Christmas is about spending time together, with those you care about, whether family or friends. It’s all we really have. There is a quote I read every day that is hanging in my kitchen that says, “Today is a gift that’s why they call it the present”, written anonymously. Being present in each and every moment in our lives is magnified at Christmas. Finding inspiration in the little things each day. It is also a time of reflection that brings me hope for my little family, my sanctuary in this cold cloudy winter season for a warm and cheerful upcoming year. We set goals, we move forward, we live our lives the best that we can mistakes and all.

But we have to choose to take part in this experience we call Christmas. We have to open our hearts, to give a little bit of ourselves  receive something wonderful. When the earth starts to settle into the cold, cloudy winter season, it reminds us all about the cycles in our lives. Helps us to decide what’s important. For me the reason for the season is Peace, Love, and Hope. (I’m a forever hippie.) Those are powerful words that can truly change our lives.

So at the end of another very fast year I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

juliet 🙂

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