Clearly I've made far more withdrawals than deposits, which has me wringing my hands and despairing.
The tree is up, I'm blasting The Messiah, I've made a few presents, received a few cards...but I am not ready.
I have long ago avoided the "commercial" Christmas and tried to keep it simple-well, it's simple-not present.
While I lived in Wisconsin my Holiday always included Family, a ginormous annual Christmas is For Kids party, a church service and a trip to the convent chapel to share a really special service with the School Sisters of St Francis.
Since I moved to New Mexico, I have not created any real traditions and have traditionally had to work on Christmas Day so that staff with families could be at home. So this is the first year I will be home.
My plan -for the next few days is to focus on what the real meaning of this Holy celebration means to me.
"peace on earth~goodwill to man"