The sun has just peeked over the trees here in Medford and I am enjoying some cookies and juice and the last moments of quiet I will likely have for a while. This is the first time since 1994 that I have awakened on Christmas morning with no children or significant other to share the sunrise with, but it stings less than I thought it might.
I have a bit more to do to get ready for the kids to get here this afternoon. We will have some time to ourselves for presents and then it is back to Delco for Christmas dinner with friends and family. Last night was a nice evening in Swarthmore, but I can't wait to spend some time with John and Emma, hear about their Christmas Eve and watch them tear into their piles.
Today is a day for the kids, a day for us to love and enjoy each other's company. It's a day for sharing what we have and for thinking about those we love and those who have gone.
Enjoy your time today, because it is but a fleeting moment in your life and sadly the Christmas spirit seems to fade all too quickly. I'd like to say that I will take the time to treat every day like Christmas. But tomorrow we will be off into the maelstrom of everyday life again, with work pressures, school projects, sports practices, family matters and bills come due. We will do the best we can to be good people, but the spark of the Christmas holiday will sometimes be hard to find.
I wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases. Thank you for all the happiness you have given to me and my family this year and I hope that you enjoy today and keep the spirit of Christmas with you all year.