December and Christmas seemed to sneak up on me this year. I think that’s because it took a long time for the reality of retirement to really sink in. Being a teacher, I was used to the long summer break. When fall rolled around and I didn’t go back to school, it seemed as if it was still summer at least until winter arrived!
At first, as I Christmas shopped, wrapped gifts, started baking and decorated the tree, it seemed as if I was just going through the motions but now that Christmas is just a few days away, the excitement of the season has caught me once again. Perhaps it was the nativity play at church last Sunday evening where the littlest angel fell asleep onstage or maybe it’s been the Christmas music filling the house the past few days. It could be the cards and letters arriving in the mail each day catching us up with news of friends and family or maybe it’s the scent of the white spruce Christmas tree and the taste of mandarin oranges and shortbread. Most of all, though, it’s probably the fact that we’re off to Calgary tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with our daughter, Melaina, and her husband, Aaron. Our son, Nathan, will be joining us there. This will be the very first time that we’ve celebrated Christmas in one of our children’s homes and I’m really looking forward to it!