|Downtown fountain lit for Christmas.|
|On the boat last week with great weather.|
For the first time, we are going to have our dinner on Christmas Eve. And then on Christmas Day we are going to take a ham to the homeless living under the big bridge and gather with other volunteers to feed them. We need nothing this year. We have so much. And for me, doing for others is really what it's all about.
Later, I will take a meal to an elderly couple that I visit every year. And they will have a good Christmas dinner while we talk about a lot of things that have been going on in their life and mine. They like to hear about the horse and the boat adventures.
I remember my father going to visit his old friends on Christmas. He would take something, maybe a fruit cake, to the man who ran the store across from the farm where he grew up. All of those people are gone now. The farm is gone too, with the land gone fallow. But I find that the older I get, the more I repeat the things that I remember from childhood--the deeds that I thought were kind and generous. I like to think that I got the best parts of my parents' character. And that connects me to them as I do those things that I remember them doing that touched my heart.
So I am wishing each of you a Merry Christmas, happy holiday, and season's greetings. Whether you celebrate of not, I hope that you have time to relax and just be.
|All is calm, all is bright.|