Perhaps I am one of the few people in the U.S. who LOVED the first 3 Star Wars movies (by which I mean the trilogy that began in 1977, not the chronological first 3) who is not going to see the new movie this week-end. Will I go see it? Maybe. But it won't be this first week-end. I would rather see it later, when the theatre won't be quite so crowded.
There are very few things I want to experience enough to wait in a line. Maybe nothing, in fact.
I have hopes that the week-end will include many elements, but a return to a galaxy far, far away is not one of them:
--My friend with the collapsed lung undergoes surgery this morning. It will be minimally invasive--the wonders of modern surgery! I have hopes that her health will be quickly restored after this surgery, but in the meantime, I will visit her in the hospital.
--I will do the final cleaning up after our relatives who came for the second week of Advent. We still have sheets that need to be washed.
--There's other straightening/cleaning to be done. I feel like a tribe of 3-5 year olds has been loose in the house, getting stickiness on all the surfaces. The house was very clean less than 2 weeks ago, and we've been living a hectic life, out of the house more than home. How has the house gotten so dirty again? A tribe of sticky children is the only explanation that makes sense.
--There's yard work that can be done--I still need to move the autumn pumpkins out of the front yard.
--I will go to spin class this morning. I have extra calories in need of burning--I made Christmas cookies yesterday to take to my friend in the hospital, and thus, I ate a lot of Christmas cookies yesterday.
--Tonight my church has a contemplative service for people who are not experiencing the joy of the season: people who mourn or who have bad memories around the season. I went to this service two years ago and found it meaningful.
--On the way home, I'll enjoy the Christmas lights.
--Tomorrow, in addition to church services, I will practice hand chimes.
--I need to turn in one last set of grades.
In short, in many ways, it's not that different from any other week-end. In some ways, I feel lucky. I know that others are having a very different last week-end before Christmas.
And yet, I also want it to be more than just another week-end. I want to remember to enjoy the lights that will be gone all too season. I want to enjoy some treats before January brings us a return to regular life.