Holiday Spirits

I’m not a humbug, but I don’t effuse Ho Ho Ho’s either. I worked on the annual batch of Christmas / Holiday cards tonight. Rather than regarding it as a chore, I dove right in, “Seasonal Music” playing in the background and happy holiday thoughts bouncing around my head.

About half way through, I poured a bit of homemade peach brandy a friend gave me and added a generous splash of Crown Royal Black. It’s a great combination: a little sweet, a little smoky, and a lot potent.

Warmed by the spirits of Christmas, I continued writing out cards, affixing address labels for both return address and recipients. After everything was assembled, I started to seal the envelopes and attach stamps.

Remember when we licked stamps? I do and I don’t really miss it. I enjoyed just sticking them on. I had a bit of wistful nostalgia, though.

Things have changed. Some good. Some not so good. But all interesting. We don’t lick stamps. We send emails. I read from a tablet, not books. My car has seat warmers. I don’t have a home phone. My only phone is really a computer. Beer is better and stronger. My beard is thick, but graying. Music the kids listen too still stinks. I’m enjoying the holidays a bit more than I have in a while.

So many things have stayed the same, and they’re the most important ones. Family is still family. Friends are still friends. And it’s easy to miss them this time of year. This is a shot out to anyone I know and love.

Hey there!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Be good to each other.

May all of the blessings and joy of the seasons fall upon you with abundance. May the new year be fruitful and happy.

Howdy, 2013

Hi there 2013!

Goodbye, 2012!

2012, you were a year of change. Some I would have rather not had to deal with, but lots and lots of it was for the good, so I thank you for that. I could have done with a bit less stress, but my problems truly are minor compared to billions of others on this planet. I have nothing really to complain about. I have a blessed and wonderful life. So thanks for that, 2012, and all the other years that came before you.

So, 2013, what do you have in store? I’m not into the whole resolution thing (unless 1920 x 1200 counts for anything) because I really don’t care to make promises that I’ll likely break. However, I will promise to keep my sense of wonder every day and to soak in all the amazing things around me. I will try to find overlooked beauty in the mundane, which should be easy since beauty is all around us all. I will strive to maintain an unfiltered outlook, to remain unjaded by the past, and to be in the moment. I know that’s a lot, but I’m pretty sure I’m up to the task.

You know, 2013, I’ll settle for some quiet this year, but if you want to mix it up a bit, that’s fine too. I’m simply happy to see what each day brings. I’ll write about it here.