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Whether I'm still recalibrating from east coast time, or it's just a continuation of my current poor sleep patterns, I was consious and decided to get up before dawn today. I'd already been awake for a while (having slept rather fitfully full of dreams through the night) and as I noticed just a touch of light in the sky, I had an idea. "How lovely," I thought, "to get up, plug in the tree, light some candles, and make some tea...and just sit in that moment." And that's exactly what I did...taking a few pictures, obviously.
I remember when my kids were young, during the holidays, I'd always make sure the Christmas lights were on and maybe some candles lit as well, when they greeted the morning. This was especially true when it was before break...made it a little easier to get out of bed in the dark and get ready for school, if things were warm and cozy. I guess I still carry on that tradition, even just for me.
I love my home. At this point, my future is still uncertain, but I've made the intention to take pleasure in each moment during this holiday season. Part of how I do that, how I've always done that, is to immerse myself in the comfort and nurturing aspects of home...to create that space of comfort and joy. This has been my home for over 15 years and I'm going to squeeze every last bit of warmth and pleasure out of it, for as long as I'm here. And it's not just for me...it has never been just for me, as part of the pleasure comes from sharing, from creating that space of love for others.
So as we come ever nearer to the solstice, to Yule, to Christmas, I wish you all a very warm and happy and loving holiday season...and a very bright, prosperous 2013.