Decorating this grand and stylish home for the Holidays each year has become part of my Christmas tradition. The Christmas tree, in particular, is always so special. When we started, 10 years ago, the tree had a grand, department store look, with huge, gold dipped pine cones, bows of ribbon and sparkly, red garland. As the years have passed, the addition of paper angels and stars, class pictures attached to paper trees, and the like, have adorned the tree and given it an intimate family feel. The pride and joy seen in the eyes of the child artisans as I climb the ladder and hang their wares in places of importance, really warms my heart. So go ahead! Hang up those paper wreaths made with love and “Have yourself a merry little Christmas NOW!”
Well, another Holiday Season is upon us and again I find myself feeling grateful for all the joy the season brings. I remind myself to slow down, smell the gingerbread, and try not to do it all in one day. Having two adult children on different sides of the country, and making time for all those in what I refer to as our “OPEN family”, (as someone that experienced divorce as an adult and a child I do not like the term “broken family”), is a balancing act that can actually add to the fun . Traveling out west to bake cookies with my daughter and grandson and creating a holiday meal in her home is a special joy even if it is a week and a half before Christmas Day. Seeing my grandson proudly smile as we displayed all the homemade decorations and watching him lick the chocolate from his fingers as we decorated gingerbread men will be memories I will always cherish. Christmas day will be spent with my son, mother and our crew back in New York… and each day in between will be spent wishing friends, associates and strangers, too, all the joy the season brings… MERRY CHRISTMAS!……….
Merry Christmas! Sharing these photos at this special time of year gives me great pleasure. To me, Merry Christmas is an affectionate greeting to be shared with love throughout the season. The pride in the eyes of children displaying their homemade decorations, the joy of baking christmas cookies with loved ones (great recipe for lemon christmas cookies) , singing carols in the neighborhood, the decorating and oh, yes, the shopping…. bring us joy but the true spirit of all the Holy Days is sharing love with friends and family and remembering those that are less fortunate. So…..Merry Christmas and deck the halls with boughs of holly, happiness, love and joy!