The Day After


Many weeks of preparation go into this holiday, and then we reach the climax that is Christmas. Some have many places to go and people to see between Christmas Eve and Christmas day. As exhausting as that is, what a blessing to have those loved ones so close by to be able to visit. Sometimes it takes a great distance being placed between yourself and loved ones with no possibility (either due to work or money) to travel the distance to be together on Christmas to realize how special this is. To those who stress over dividing your time, don’t. To those expecting these people to visit you, go easy on them. Cherish the time you have together, and don’t count the minutes. To those unable to be with their family on Christmas, I understand. I may find myself in a similar situation with one of my own children next year. Jason will graduate from college in August 2011, and it’s highly probable that his job offers will be from out of state.

Now here we are, the day after Christmas, ham hangover and all. We’ve been away from family for 11 Christmases now so we’re actually pretty used to it. Hearing how much fun others are having as they gather with their families is still a little hard, though. Being able to lounge around the house all day after opening gifts on Christmas morning is kind of nice, too. We watch movies and play games all day. The new game this year was Pictionary Man. FUN! Greg had to work on Christmas Eve, so the girls and I went to see a movie (Tangled in 3D) at The Movie Tavern. Loved the movie. Loved spending time with my girls!

The gears started turning in my head today because today feels more like a new beginning than waiting until New Year’s Day. I’m normally not one to make resolutions because I know I will ultimately fail every time, but I feel an odd determination to make some this year. I don’t have an “official” list yet, but more consistent blogging will be on it. My new set work hours will make this possible. I don’t care that I only have a regular readership of about seven people. I enjoy blogging. Reason enough. I may or may not share the official list once I come up with one. I do know that I won’t attempt everything on the list within the first month. No. I think I’ll set goals for each one to make them more realistic. Then again, this could be a brief, fleeting thought that will get scrapped before the end of this week! It’s my prerogative!

Darcy Elliott

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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