Well, our youngest Son has gone back to Austin and back to the grind of school. My better half, for whom I still cannot think of a nickname to refer to him, (obviously I can't refer to him by the lovey dovey nick I use at home) has also left for work. I am left here alone, trying to collect my thoughts and seize upon a plan for carrying out all my Holiday commitments. I had planned, or rather hoped, that by today I would have already had the Christmas tree up and the Holiday cards sent out. It was not to be. But there is always tomorrow. I am in the midst also of finishing up my Holiday Traditions Exchange Swap package. I took a break on it due to the Thanksgiving festivities. As of now, I only have a couple little finishing touches, and hopefully, can get it in the mail earlier than expected. I don't want to feel angst or stress about this year's Christmas season, as in previous years. I want to enjoy every moment and every day, because all too soon, it's over. This year, however, I do have a different perspective. No more trying to please with elaborate or pricey gifts. I'm all for the handmade gift if at all possible. These really are times for cutting back and spending less. I think that helps in staying centered and focused on more important things, such as our Spiritual and Family life. I do look forward to the days ahead, and do so with a renewed sense of purpose and ''the Reason for the Season'' mentality. This is about celebrating the ultimate gift, the birth of a Savior!
Ezekiel 34: 23, 24
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~