Yesterday, I wrote this as a Facebook post: "We've had a great Christmas, a wonderful Advent season, and an amazing Thanksgiving. I find myself wishing that it was the Monday before Thanksgiving so that I could experience it all again."
It's true: our Thanksgiving was unusually satisfying, and I managed to attain balance during most days of Advent. I loved Christmas Eve, and Christmas day was delightful too. There are some Christmases that I am haunted by past Christmases and by how I wanted it to be but it wasn't--happily, this Christmas was calm, in terms of emotions.
There were the usual delights, the great food for example:
We ate inside; last year we balanced plates on our laps outside. This year, I wanted to enjoy the trees and the Christmas music--and to avoid the heat and drenching humidity:
Our Christmas day took an unusual turn when we left at 1:10 to go to our church to be part of a group that took a peace lily and a card to the mosque that's down the street from our Lutheran church. On the fourth Sunday in Advent, church members had an opportunity to write good wishes on the card:
It was an amazing experience, and for more on that, see this in-depth post on my theology blog.
It took longer than I anticipated, but if anyone dropped by while we were gone, we didn't find out about it. We had invited lots of people, but in a casual way, over for the noon meal or for brisket later or for drinks or other treats. But it was a low-key end to the day, which was fine.
We did go out for a brief drive to see a house in Dania Beach with an amazing light show. The lights were synced to music.
|Photo by Pam Ward|
On the way home, my spouse said, "Look at that moon."
|Photo by Pam Ward|
I need more of these reminders to look up, to appreciate the natural world and celestial light shows that rival our earthly creations.
This morning, as I was downloading photos from yesterday, I came across this one from our church's butterfly garden. My spouse took it yesterday as we waited for the group to gather to go to the mosque.
|Photo by Carl Berkey-Abbott|
It's another good reminder of the beauty that surrounds me every day, the beauty that I often forget to notice.
|butterfly garden flower that looks like a sea creature |
Photo by Carl Berkey-Abbott