I can't believe it's already December! The holidays are coming and I am really looking forward to it this year. I have some fun plans in the works so that makes me happier than usual about the upcoming festivities. There have been some years in the past where the holidays have induced a "Bah Humbug" kind of feeling, so it's nice to be more Tiny Tim and less Scrooge this year!
It's been quite a year here in Houston for me. A year of some losses and a lot of gains. A year of some sorrows and a lot of joys. A year of holding on to what matters and letting go of what doesn't. A year of growth, of possibilities, of happiness. I have enjoyed this year with all its attendant ups and downs. Because really, there have been more ups than downs, more joy than sorrows, more love than pain. I truly look forward to what the rest of the month holds and to the holiday season.
And incidentally I do refer to it as the HOLIDAY season and not Christmas because I have many people in my life from all cultures and backgrounds. Some celebrate Christmas, others Hanukkah, others nothing at all, and others something of their own making. I don't feel the need to shove the concept of CHRISTMAS ONLY down everyone's throat. I don't understand the people who think Merry Christmas is the only acceptable sentiment this time of year when there are so many people who do not celebrate it. And you know what? That's OK! They have a right to their holidays just as those of us who celebrate Christmas have a right to ours.
I do say Merry Christmas to those that I know celebrate that holiday, I'm just saying that I don't assume everyone celebrates Christmas. Just a side note to my whole "Hey it's December" posting here.
I hope everyone has some wonderful plans for whatever holiday you may be celebrating and if you celebrate no holiday, enjoy the day anyway!