Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DECEMBER

I love December.  I love Advent, cooler weather, and everything Christmas.  I want to do everything Christmas-y.  It's so hard to choose how to spend time, when EVERYTHING is so darned fun.

This December is different than any we have ever experienced.  New people, new events, new scenery.  Oh, and Saturday, we got to experience snow!


I know, this is normal for many of you.  But our geeky little ex-SoCal selves got a little giddy.

We went to Lassen to cut down our $10 Christmas tree.


 Do you know what Christmas trees cost in SoCal?  This one started as a 12-footer.  Again, the giddy geeks did a happy dance.

Then the grandkids did this to the tree.


 OK, I helped, but they made me.  A little.  All right, I did the lights.  They glow on the ceiling and you can see shadows of pine branches.  It's really cool.

Along with all the thoroughly enjoyable fun, I tend to get a little reflective this time of year.  I've been thinking about one of the ways I've looked at life.  I've tended to have a mental checklist in my mind, looking at things as either good or bad, right or wrong.  I came to understand long ago that comparing myself to anyone is counter-productive, but I hadn't thought about comparing situations and experiences.  I think it's starting to sink in that one situation or experience is not better than another, they are just different.  I will appreciate and learn more from each day if I embrace each experience in the day for what it is instead of comparing it to other experiences. It's that age old practice of receiving each day as a gift, and practicing gratitude.  I want to play.

A dear friend gave me a sweet little devotional that I am really enjoying called "Being Home, Discovering the Spiritual in the Everyday" by Gunilla Norris.  I want to share something I read today that made me stop and ponder:

"Guard me against the arrogance of privilege,
against the indulgence of feeling
that I don't have enough, and the poverty of spirit
that refuses to acknowledge what is
daily given me.  Keep me truthful in knowing
where I spend, where my values actually are."

So with a heart full of love and gratitude I wish you all the merriest of Christmases.  May you hug and be hugged again and again.  From our farm to yours, love from NorCalia.
Cindy