And I think an open thread might be a good idea for those who just want a space to chat, whether it’s about the holidays past or present, or you just want to hang out with friends who get it. Talk about joy, sadness, hope, memories, favorite movies, what you’re doing, things that went right this year, even if you’re just feeling Bah Humbug or want to just say Hi and Merry Christmas to all.
Feel free to post a link you think others would enjoy reading, or should be part of the end of the year post. Just remember to be kind because holidays can be really hard, and no one needs an extra heaping of stress laid on them here.
When I was at the very end of dealing with mom’s possessions and had found the Christmas family candle holders I wanted to keep, I found this brandy-snifter with the plastic elves. It was a token gift from the drug store down the road when I was maybe six? Some years it sat on the corner of the piano, other years the mantle, the coffee table, atop the TV, but it was part of the decorations every Christmas. Can’t remember what I thought of it as a kid, later I saw the irony of an over-size brandy snifter being front and center in a home that was against consuming alcohol whatsoever. But I brought it home because not only did it show up every Christmas, it was one of the few decorations mom kept when she downsized to her home in the retirement community, so it meant something to her. It’s funny what triggers memories, I think this triggered happy memories for mom.
Whatever you celebrate – I wish you peace, love, good cheer and safety.