Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Love is the best gift

I am writing this post to wish all of you a day of love at Christmas.  I think that love is about the most wonderful emotion because it can be practiced every day and makes everyone feel good.  It is the greatest gift to bestow on those around us.

We are going to have our Christmas dinner in the dining room--just the two of us with candles lit.  And unbelievably, I'm not sad.  We both have accepted that it's a much better day this year because none of our family is sick and suffering. So it will be a day to relax and enjoy being together.

I don't have any great expectations for Christmas other than I don't want it to be just another day.  Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking of those who have left us; those who have survived and may be alone; those who are without families where Christmas is just another day; as well as those who are impoverished; suffering; dying or in distress. I know that we are grateful to have gotten through a lot of the tribulations and have some much needed down time.

We had decided to not give each other presents, but I had to get my wife a gift. So I bought her a wireless bird cam so she can watch all the animals that come to the feeders.  And I got her a few things for her stocking too.  The greatest gift though  is our love for each other.  It has endured and grown over the years.  I am more than grateful for that.

I'll be thinking of you, my blogger friends, tomorrow.  I haven't gotten around to all the blogs recently.  I stay busy with life.  But here's a virtual Merry Christmas filled with love to each of you.


  1. Tears are in my eyes, reading this. Such simple truth.
    May you and your wife enjoy all of the love you have defied the odds to keep and preserve and grow.

  2. Merry Christmas Syd. Bless you and C. Fabulous gift idea too. :o)

  3. I love the photo of the lighted boats.

    Merry Christmas to you, Syd. It's been a pleasure to read about your love growing with your wife over the years. Best wishes to you both.

  4. love that pic of the sail boat...i hope you and your wife have a wonderful day, enjoying each other and the magic of the season...and that it be full of love and light....

  5. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and your Christmas plans sound wonderful. There is nothing more about peace than being with the ones or one you love and being thankful for the life around you.

  6. Merry Christmas Syd,

    I always find some serenity in your posts. May God bless you and yours.

  7. Your joy is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you both.

  8. I love reading your blog. You sometimes make me cry, other times I'm just in awe of your goodness, your kind and gentle heart and your beautiful spirit. Your words humble me beyond anything I could ever express.

    Thank you for sharing your world so freely. Merry Christmas!

  9. I had a very traditional Christmas...sleep. I am glad you are establishing a new found tradition for C and yourself. It is as it should be.

  10. Our idea of Christmas is very different these days. But less is so much more and we are far happier than ever before.

  11. Hi Syd, Hope you're doing well. I love the message. Hopefully more people are getting it, this year, that excessive alcohol use, even on New Years, is really not cool.We'll see, I guess.

  12. Dear Syd and C, too,

    I have just read through today's blog twice to be sure I did not miss anything. You said some very poignantly tender things, which included briefly touching on the grief experiences you also had this past year.

    I think it is so romantic of you to have a private dinner at Christmas with C - - - this will give you the energy needed to re-focus on your lives and to also remember that both programs encourage 'selfishness' in doing special things that replenish the spirit.

    I'm very pleased to see you and C settle into a New Year of getting on with your lives.

    God bless you both, and Merry Christmas!

    Anonymous #1

  13. Thanks for sharing... I need to read inspiring things.


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