Monday, December 19, 2005

What's Happening

Today is a bit of a letdown, as the end of the Christmas concert season usually is. The concerts were great. They went well and we had a good time doing them. It's so wonderful to be doing music again. We'll still be singing on Christmas Eve. And Paul and I are going to be in town for Christmas, so we're going to be part of a small group to sing at the service on Christmas Day. Then we get a break until January, when our church gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. We have a break from Ladyesong, while our director is out of town celebrating the holidays with her family. Then we start working on the repertoire for the Spring concerts.

It's going to be a quiet week around here. Paul's off working and he expects to be doing 10-12 hour days. I have mixed feelings about that. I like the overtime pay, but I miss having him around. It's nice to feel that way after 27 years of marriage, too.

We have a holiday tradition in our family not to have traditions. We look at our resources, our living situation, and everyone's schedules and plan what will work best this year. Then we do that and we don't have the hassles, stress, fights, etc. that plague so many people who try to do the "picture perfect" holiday thing every year, no matter what else is going on. It looks like this year my family will celebrate Christmas the day after, as long as our youngest son doesn't have to work. The plan is to go out to breakfast and exchange gifts in the restaurant. If Chris has to work earlier than usual, we'll change the plan to accommodate his work schedule. All we need now is one evening where Paul gets home early enough to zip to Target for treats and cards to fill the stockings Tammy made for us last year and we'll be ready to go.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and that next year is a wonderful one. If you celebrate some other holiday, enjoy what makes it special for you. If you don't celebrate one of the "official" holidays, make one up because everyone needs to celebrate and have a good time to offset the gloomy weather of winter. (Can you tell it's gray and rainy these days out here?)