Those "grateful lists" that I've been making for October and November seem almost trivial now that I have had two days surrounded by those I love. Not trivial as in I didn't really mean it. Trivial in the sense that there's nothing like literally sitting in the the midst of and basking in the glow of everything that is good in your life. This Thanksgiving really seemed to be that. Just stopping mid-bite and realizing that this life, these people are what it's all about for me. Thanksgiving Day has a way of making all the stuff fade into the background, showcasing the important... the "things" you truly could not do without.
Today? Today is all about sleeping in. No "Black Friday" for us. Probably a crock pot full of chili. Our "day after" has always been more about recovery(so to speak) than kicking off Christmas with a bang. Christmas comes slowly around here. That's not to say that I won't start bringing some decorations out from their resting places today -- but... no expectations, you know? The tree waits until the first weekend in December. That's just how we roll.
In recent years, we have learned to do what works for us rather than trying to keep up with anyone named Jones -- and most of all, to do what we do with GREAT JOY!
I hope that wherever this day finds you, that you are also living with GREAT JOY. 'Tis the season!