My living room tree.
As I sit planning my holiday menus and making final decorating decisions, I am reminded how much I love celebrating the holidays in the South. On a few occasions, My Favorite Yankee and I have been abroad on river cruises visiting Christmas markets. Those were great times but I am very happy to be home this year.
The older I get, the more I become a homebody. I have fine tuned my holiday decorations over the years. I have two trees: one I call my decorator tree with everything coordinated colorwise; the other is what I call the family tree with special ornaments made by the children, about the children, or about our travels. Decorating this family tree is so special as so many family memories come to mind. I love to sit in the living room or den with no lights but those from the trees. It reminds me of my childhood when I hung out under the Christmas tree in the living room with Christmas music playing and “visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.”
And, oh the food. Since I have retired, I enjoy cooking so much more now that I have the time and love planning and preparing special holiday meals with family and friends. I like trying something new. This year it will be macaroni and cheese cooked in the crock pot for my granddaughter and a special shrimp and grits recipe for a holiday breakfast.
I also like that the spirit of the holidays enables us to reflect on the need to love all persons no matter who they are. I love that it reminds us to think of those who are less fortunate. As I now volunteer in a hospital emergency room, I see those who may not experience a happy holiday and I grieve for it.
May this holiday season make us all better people.