Friday, December 21, 2007

Love and Joy Come to You . . .

I love Christmas, in all its chaos and stress and emotional upheaval. I love the memories and the hopes for the future and seeing little kids giddy with excitement. I love the smell of freshly baked cookies, and the fir tree in my house, and finding my cat snuggled under it among all the presents. I love findng the right gift for the right person and still being able to surprise my twenty-something sons. I love that, through the wonder of stepdaughters, I now have girls to buy gifts for.

I love dropping a five or ten in the red Salvation Army kettle, and I love Christmas carols--the traditional ones and the more modern ones. I love that twice I've heard Springsteen sing "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" live in concert. I love the goofy coffee and hallmark and beer commercials that make me cry.

I love the sense of hope and wonder and miracles that this time of year holds--that even when it's gray and wet and cold outside, there's this spirit of love and faith and mystery in the air.

I wish all of you a warm, wonderful holiday season filled with laughter and time for quiet and good food and being with people you love.

11 comments:

Carleen Brice said...

Aw, this was a sweet post! Thanks Judy and wonderful Christmas!

kristen said...

Merry Christmas, Judy! What a wonderful post. I am reminded by this to slow down, breathe, and enjoy my loved ones. And that, my friend, is the gift that matters.

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Carleen and Kristen, so glad it struck the right note for each of you.

Have a fabulous holiday and here's to a prolific (writing-wise!) 2008 for all of us!

The Writers' Group said...

Loved this, and wow to seeing Bruce sing "Santa Claus" in concert! Enjoy the holidays!

Hannah

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Hannah-Ho, ho, ho--so great to have you stop by. And, yeah, the whole Bruce deal totally rocks.

Larramie said...

A joyous Christmas to you and your family, Judy. Remember to dream big in the New Year!

Kristy said...

And Christmas loves YOU, Judy, because really, who wouldn't?!

Have a wonderful week, J, I hope to see you in '08 :-D

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Larramie, thanks, all the best to you and yours, and yes, I am dreaming big!

Kristy, you're a sweeteheart. It was a year ago this week we finally met for coffee on Marco--that was so great. We will definitely meet up in '08. And we probably need another phone chat, don't you think?

debra said...

I love those things, too, Judy. This year I have added the little Blue Santa to my loves :-)
Have a wonderful Christmas

Lisa said...

I hope Christmas was magical for you and yours Judy. Best wishes for 2008 -- it just keeps getting better, doesn't it?

Daisy said...

Sweet. I enjoy the season, too. part of my delight comes from the music. My family could listen to Christmas tunes year round. We have loads of holiday CDs, and we still manage to give each other more Christmas music every year.