Last Christmas, (No, I didn’t give anyone my heart as the song goes..), I had promised myself and my little guy that we would really celebrate and decorate for Christmas this year. The past two christmases before that (in 2013 and 2014) were spent differently and not in our usual way, and I wanted to set things right eventually. I had hoped it would be this year, but it wasn’t to be.
It was one of those things that you expected would come to pass but did not. So here we are where we were last year, and I am making the same promise to my little guy for 2017. Keeping my fingers crossed that next year will see it happening.
So my holiday card, I have decided, will be a new year greeting. Last year, my boss received a holiday card from one of his fellow Board of Trustees member in one of the more popular children’s non profits he is involved with, and besides the usual greeting, there were a dozen or so blurbs giving an update on the sender and his family. I thought that was a nice way to reach out to friends and family and sort of give them an update on what’s been happening in my and my little guy’s life. I am working on that card already.
While I had planned on putting up an extra robustly decorated Christmas tree this year, my tree, as it happens, just went up this previous weekend. Precious lesson learned was that yes, I could actually bring down the box it down from the attic and not fall and break my neck. I found the lights and put them on the tree. I had enough to make it look festive enough sans the Christmas balls so we decided to leave it at that.
I had hoped to create holiday lanterns in the Filipino tradition, but again, it didn’t happen. Next year, yes!
I thought I had planned things out well enough that I had even created a craft calendar. Again, life interfered with getting much done according to how I had planned it, but I’m just hoping for better luck keeping with it next year.
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, and I love the decorating and celebrating and just soaking up all that Yule spirit. New York tends to be a more sedate Christmas experience (compared to over-the-top festive Manila) because half the town celebrates Chanukkah (hence, the sea of blue and menorahs everywhere). Still, there is the neutral and more pagan side of the holiday that sees our beautiful city getting into the spirit of things with all the trees around.
While part of me is being held back from getting into the full swing of things this year, Christmas is Christmas to me for many reasons.. and it will always be my favorite time of the year, holiday workaround or not.
Merry Christmas to you all..