Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Kool Kwanzaa! Pick one and consider yourself greeted for this special time of year. It’s hard to believe the year is almost over already.
I think I’m stuck back in, say, April. But this holiday season means love and peace in any language and any religion, and Christmastime is a period that brings family and friends together in ways of yore (funny old-timey Christmas language! Did they really speak like that? How about those yule logs?).
One special thing about Christmas is that somewhere in the final days before THE day, somehow, the stress of the holiday declines and folks get a ‘what’s done is done, what’s not done, won’t be’ outlook and begin to enjoy the holiday. Because of work- and event-related issues, I’ve only just begun to do the shopping and meal planning, but that’s okay. It’s just wonderful to feel the season, now that the weather has finally turned wintery.
Thanksgiving is the day set aside to give thanks for everything we have and have experienced. But I am going to turn this holiday into a moment of giving thanks, too.
I’m thankful to live in Havana, the best town anywhere, with leaders and business people who care about their community and work overtime to make it a beautiful, safe, and friendly place. I’m grateful to live in Gadsden County, which enjoys some of the best nature has to offer – the air is even better here.
I’m grateful to have two wonderful jobs, at the antiques shop and Havana Herald, plus good co-workers and a wonderful boss who’s also a good friend. I’m exceedingly thankful to be blessed with the best husband anyone can have – I could not do half of what I do without his love, support and efforts. I love him dearly.
I’m thankful for my wonderful family and children (even though I see the kids too rarely because of the many miles between us). My friends are rare beings that I’m glad live on this planet (‘nuff said).
I’m grateful for all my readers and for those who make suggestions. I’m thankful for the spirit brought into the community through our wonderful churches and other religious organizations. I'm grateful indeed for my fellow merchants who helped make Havana the 'friendliest small town in Florida' for the second time. There's lots more I'm thankful for......enough for another day.
And so, I wish you all a very, merry Christmas! I hope your Christmas is merry and bright, and that Santa brings you lots of goodies!