Seems we have all escaped the Mayan Death Day of Doom. Not too surprising – yet the Winter Solstice marks another special time. With that, I will start with a sunset looking from the back of our house on December 21, 2012.
We have a bit of snow on the ground (as it should be here in the northern hemisphere). One of our traditions is to put up a tree on the back deck and decorate it with lights and food for the wild critters (mostly birds and squirrels along with the occasional raccoon).
The tree is also up in the living room waiting (along with presents) for the family to join us.
On these cold nights we also frequently have a fire in the fireplace.
While we would love to have all of the family here, some now have significant others and will be with their families on Christmas. Fortunately, the ones who can’t be with us will be home over New Years. Time for us to learn to share our loved ones.
Like so many, it seems at times to us that the secular Christmas overwhelms the true joy and peace of the season. We have tried to studiously avoid that this year by simplifying things and focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.
From all of the good ship and crew of Iron Lady – may the peace of Christmas be with you and yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.