~ Little Drummer Boy ~
Our house has been transformed; no longer is it the artsy abode with bold colored walls -- well, the walls still boast daring tones... But they are now the bedecked backdrop for twinkling lights, merry Santas, jolly elves, peaceful angels, and sparkling orbs in juicy hues. Johnny Mathis sang the sound track of my childhood holidays, and watching the children bob their heads and sing the choruses as they hung ornaments on the tree had my soul smiling. I enjoyed the eggnog better this year than most. (...maybe I've finally figured out the perfect ratio of brandy to nog...) All in all, our decorating weekend was a blast.
When the last bobble was hung on the tree, we stepped back to survey our work. I cupped my chin in the groove at the base of my thumb. "Hmm," I said, "it's missing something..."
"You're right," declared Sidney, my peppy ten-year-old daughter and future party planner extraordinaire. "It needs presents. I'll go get some."
I snagged her arm as she strode past, headed for her bedroom closet where I know since September she's been making, wrapping and stowing presents for all of us. I pulled her into a snuggle, her back against my chest and my arms around her, and the smell of her shampoo, mingled with the evergreen and nutmeg, intoxicated my senses. A moment of pure joy to remember forever.
And something else for me to remember: I have not been holiday shopping since September...and the kids only have two weeks of school before they're home for the break...so I'd better take a cue from my daughter and get this Christmas bulb rolling!
Hope your Holiday preparations are underway and bringing you much joy!