What a grand holiday season for us. The last guests have left, and we have a quiet home once again. We entertained steadily from Christmas eve day until this afternoon. All welcomed guests, all loved, all seemed to enjoy themselves.
Love, kisses, hugs and laughter all around. Plus the antics of a 5 year old boy who is a sneaky and cheeky lil' monkey. He and I had a couple of soaks in the hot tub together, which was quite the challenge because we have had some seriously cold weather. Once in the tub, of course, all was fine and dandy. But getting out was agony. I love him a lot.
That's a stellar woman right there.
Christmas eve and the first night of Hanukka happened to coincide this year, so we lit the menorah while a friend of ours said prayers. I haven't done this ritual since my daughter was a toddler and we were living with friends who are Jewish. My husband has had our menorah all his life, and it is a treasure. My husband is not observant, and I'm not Jewish, but I always appreciate customs and rituals.
Here's our cheeky monkey writing a thank you note for Santa. He put it next to the cookies and milk. We were tracking Santa on the NORAD site and it was pretty exciting. When the sleigh got to the United States, we hustled him off to bed so Santa wouldn't skip our home.
Christmas is so much fun when you've got believers in your company!
I have skipped some post as of late, as the general tenor of the country has me worn down. So our wonderful holiday visitors were just what I needed and wanted. After my nomadic and erratic life fades into my background, I am often aware of how lucky I am to have a home, a life partner, a daughter (and her family) and good friends. I have everything I could possibly want. I cling to that these crazy days.
Hope your holidays were filled with love, too.