Uggghh.....the holiday season is here. Incessant chirpy songs, bargain driven shoppers taking down their neighbors for a discount dvd player and misguided religious folk celebrating a birthday at the wrong time of the year....how miserable.
Wait! That's the old Jen. So I'm exorcising my inner grinch this year. Fifteen years of intense distaste for Xmas is plenty. It's time to cheer up!
I have no reason to be crabby. My life is absolutely completely perfectly exquisite. There is nothing in my world that is not exactly what it should be. I have set myself up for an amazing rest-of-my-life. My children and I are healthy and thriving. I live in a comfortable, safe home. I have open access to higher education. My friends and family are the best available on the market today. I am loved.
Much of this holiday fuss appears to be based on greed and commerce in these United States, however I will enjoy it this go-round. I will enjoy it because my children anticipate it. I will enjoy it because my friends relish in it. I will enjoy it because it can bring out the best in people.
Though I doubt I'll win the Miss December pageant, (okay, Ms. December), this time will be better than its predecessors. I will not grumble at those who wish me a Merry Christmas. I will smile at the bell ringers, I will understand that though some act foolishly, most are sincere in their sentiment and truly thrill in giving to those they love.
The holiday at Casa del Mar won't be the visually impressive shiny box filled room that my kids might desire, but my wish is that this new-found spirit will instead overflow our home with a love for sharing that I can only hope is contagious. Hmmm...I think a warm and fuzzy feeling just tapped me on the shoulder. This might even be fun!