As I write this post, I realize that the twenty-seventh day of December is underway, but I am not one to stand on formality, plus in some parts of the country, it is still the twenty-sixth day of December. So, I am forging ahead with today’s post, even though it is tomorrow. Are you ready?
For many people, the day after Christmas ushers in the post-holiday blues, but not for me. As I stated in the first post of this series, “On the First Day of December”, I actually dislike Christmas, or more accurately what has become of the celebration of Christmas. So, for me, the day after Christmas leaves me feeling a sense of relief that it is over for another year and excitement that one of my favorite holidays, New Year’s Day, is less than a week away. This year, it also felt like a good day to end this particular series of posts.
As I look back of the past twenty-six days, I am in awe of everything that occurred, both positive and negative and everything in between. In some ways, I feel like the month just started, and in other ways, I feel like it will never end. No matter what, though, I sit here feeling pleased at not just surviving the holidays, but finding my own way of discovering and embracing the people, places, and things that represented the spirit of the season, made my heart sing, and left me smiling big time. Sometimes, I felt that joy, love, and peace all around me, but a few times, I wondered whether they existed at all. Tonight, though, I had all the proof in the world that the goodness and light of the holiday season is real and not just reserved for the first twenty-five days of December.
I spent a truly lovely evening in the company of new and old friends, as we all gathered for the common purpose of welcoming home our mutual friends from abroad. It was a gathering that left me in high spirits, thanks to the love, joy, laughter, and conversations that filled the room, and I soaked up the positive energy and camaraderie of such amazing people. When I left the light and warmth of their company to head out in the cold, dark night to return home, I found myself smiling broadly while happy tears formed in my eyes. For in that moment, I felt content, loved, and happy, truly happy. To me, that is what this season is all about.
My heartfelt thanks for taking the time to read any or all of this latest series of posts and for sharing your comments and stories, as your support and interest are appreciated more than you may know. Please, keep visiting The Kindness Blog, as we continue to share stories of kindness, love, compassion, and all that is good in this world. We will end this year on a positive note, and we will be ready to begin the new year with more stories to tell and new series to share. Thanks, again, for making this December one to remember!
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