This holiday is a bit out of the ordinary for us. There’s no snow; it’s green and balmy, and the scent of the ocean occasionally floats in on the breeze.
We’re in Halifax, which has to be one of the nicest cities in the country, celebrating Christmas with my sister. I’m writing this from the family room near the NICU where my little preemie nephew is camped out. He won’t make it home for the holidays, but home is really where there is love and he is surrounded by it here. We’re bringing Christmas to the hospital, and we’ll be together.
I don’t have many words today, but I wanted to pop in to say Merry Christmas…wherever you are.
A lot of people come through this family room; to make tea, catch a nap, let the kids play or fix a snack. The other day I overhead a tired looking mother sigh and say “I know this sounds crazy, but I really miss doing dishes.” Never mind the comforts of home, she was missing that mundane task we do every day.
I don’t know where you are this Christmas. I don’t know what your year has looked like, or what you’ve been through, but I urge you to count your blessing, wherever you are. You don’t have to look very far to find something to be thankful for – even if it’s a sink full of dishes in the comforts of your own home.
We’re crazy privileged to live in this country, where my sister and her baby can get top-notch health care for free, where we can walk out the door and down to a clean lake, where we can drive ten minutes and buy fresh-caught lobsters for dinner.
Those are merely a few of the many things I am thankful for this Christmas. Here are a few more small things, in photos nabbed from my Instagram feed. Lobster tails, eggnog, big salads and small gifts.
Fresh-caught lobster – a Maritime Christmas Eve tradition – prepped in the hospital kitchen and enjoyed today for lunch.
Tree trimming with popcorn and eggnog.
A simple tableset for Christmas dinner in my sister’s bright dining room.
‘Tis the season for big salads. This one helped me to clean out the refrigerator before our road trip.
Jars of homemade cranberry sauce for gifting.
Merry Christmas…wherever you are!