I've given myself time to enjoy the beauty of this Christmas. We gathered and shared. Chris and Frieda brought a box of pipe cleaners and feathers so we could make hats. That was to announce our gift of a trip to Cirque du Soleil. Jan remembered me talking at Thanksgiving about my childhood in Des Moines, Iowa where we would go for rides in the car at night and stop at Dairy Queen. I would get a Butterscotch Dilly. I haven't had one since I was a child but she brought me two boxes of them. Jeff brought twelve gorgeous leis from Hawaii for the Hawaiian Christmas we celebrated on Christmas Day. Amazingly, the leis are still fresh and decorating my fireplace hearth. We are still having spare the air days, so the Yule Log I made awaits its time to burn. It, too, looks fresh with its decorative arch of fresh holly from our yard.
I love the preciousness of these days, this in-between time between solstice, celebration of birth, and a new year. It is a time to reflect. What did I learn? Am I changed? Does it matter? In this moment, all seems complete, expansive, opening, cozy, sweet. I give thanks that I am still here and it seems I will complete 2013 and enter 2014. Who could imagine such bliss and grace?