Saturday, December 14, 2013

Feeling Fortunate

My friend in the Keys sent me a photo of "our" Christmas tree, the one I'll be celebrating around on December 25. It was a thoughtful gesture. While I've rung in more than a dozen New Years with them, this is our first Christmas together and it was very sensitive of him to go out of his way to make me feel welcome.

When I was a kid, I watched As the World Turns with my mom. The characters at the center of the soap, the Hughes family, always had everyone in Oakdale over for Christmas dinner. I realize now it was a plot device so the writers could update us a long list of characters in short order. But as a child, I thought having a Christmas like that would be cool. Our family Christmases were all so full of tension. The Hughes dinner table was filled with a variety of happy people from all walks of life, laughing and enjoying one another.

In a way, that's the Christmas tradition I find myself building now, for the last decades of my life. It makes me happy.


  1. I always used to wish for that kind of Christmas celebration too! Ironically, the closest I ever came were the holidays I celebrated in the homeless shelter. Everyone should try to be homeless for just one Christmas.

  2. Creating new traditions--that can be more meaningful than the old ones.

  3. A whole new era begins. Enjoy your new traditions!


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