Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!

Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say throw cares away, Christmas is here, bringing good cheer to young and old meek and the bold. Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong! Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas.

NO, Christmas is not here yet, for that matter neither is Thanksgiving, but I have that holiday itch; and I am so ready for it to be here that I have envisioned where I will put my tree already and I know what color paper I am going to wrap all my gifts in this year. Yet Thanksgiving is two days away and I have 10 guests coming to my home, and I have yet to prepare.

I am in a place where I can see the forest (the Christmas season), but not the trees. I like looking at the forest; it is beautiful, shining, pristine, full of life, color and love. The tree (Thanksgiving) before me is drab and discolored and full of despair.

Thanksgiving was never really my favorite holiday and at some point in life it became my least favorite, one I actually dreaded. My mother usually had to work, so I was home with my step-dad, who generally slept the day away. That was no fun for me, or any reason to revel in traditions of what I'm thankful for. I was young then. Now I am older wiser and have children of my own. So I do not want to spend this Thanksgiving looking at the forest and missing the tree right in front of me.

This year, I will have a home full of people who love me, and whom I love as well. My husband, my children and my mother will be with my sisters, as well as an aunt, a new uncle, several cousins, my mother-in-law, some friends and me. I am thankful for each of these people, and I love them dearly; but I would have missed the joy of their company for planning the next big holiday.

My tree this year is beautifully colored with the fall foliage of an Indian summer with hues of love and joy and peace bursting forth. I can see it right before my eyes as if it were the only thing, because I have made it a priority to enjoy today right now, and let tomorrows joy come when it should.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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