This is Tiffany’s dramatic, gorgeous beautiful window, an absolutely wonderful part of the Season’s Festivities.
Another part of Christmas I adore is the card exchange. We shop early for our cards, we debate or shall I say negotiate, which cards we like best, we end up buying at least three different boxes so that all parties are satisfied.
I save all the cards that come with family pictures so that I can see the children grow up! It’s a miracle, from five year olds to twenty-five! Every year it’s a delightful time to review these and receive the latest one to add to the collection.
One joy I especially treasure is the Christmas letter. A special one comes from Jean. Always a lovely letter, filled with good news. How her family is doing, how the granchildren are growing, what goals have been reached, what big decisions have been made the past year. I enjoyed receiving a Christmas Letter from someone new this year and it inspired me to try my hand at this endeavor. Not that I can replicate these precious moments of someone else’s life or even want to, but it so beautifully and perfectly conveyed the Joy of Christmas. Five year olds tearing off wrapping paper that you know was carefully taped in place, with Merry Christmas or the wrinkle free crisp paper’s logo front and center. Bows and ribbons for decoration all go to shreds as kids tear away these beautiful wrappings. As soon as they are done, the instant they have one open, it’s on to the next one. Not that this was ever my experience, but I watch my grand nieces and nephews do this and I am in awe. This is part of the joy of Christmas. Imagine the anticipation of waiting – no wonder the year between this one and the next one always did feel like forever. Now those twelve months feel like one month. January to December – Swish! It’s done! Why does time fly more quickly as we grow older? We certainly have lost some of this exuberance of Christmas, of opening gifts for the mere joy of it. That’s why it is such a blessing to have these babies, these youngsters among us, they remind us of the real joy of the Holidays, to be loved and cared for.
Our year was splendid. The golf course was renovated and we thoroughly enjoyed taking a tour in the golf cart many evenings with Maggie our Westie – who I think enjoyed the ride more than we did! Which of course compounded our own joy. It was a nine month project. Very exciting. Not too noisy, not too dusty.
Jim’s golf game has improved splendidly, I have had several exciting Interior Design Jobs, I have rejoined Toastmasters. We did a trial evacuation with Hurricane Matthew. Went to Sebring, two hours northwest of Tequesta. We were spared by a hairsbreadth! Another excursion took us to my niece, Lauren’s baby shower in Baton Rouge. We drove there and back with Maggie, what a splendid time we had. We got to see how my sister and her family have put their lives back together after the Baton Rouge Flood. Twenty four inches of rain, the interior had to be totally renovated. This was true for the entire neighborhood. Incredible. Volunteers drove by with meals. Others came by and did your laundry for you. Just amazing, beautiful stories of people caring for people.
We went to NJ to celebrate a friend and a nephew’s birthday! Eighty years old and six years old! What a treat! That was in October and all the trees were orange. That was icing on the cake. I went to the Norton Museum’s Festival of Trees and that was so awesome I can’t believe it’s their tenth Anniversary and it was my first visit. I’ve had at least two puppy parties and if you haven’t had one or been to a puppy party, boy are you missing a fantastic event! Our love to you and enjoy your Holiday and Your New Year! Lynda & Jim Louden