Everything was a little different this year. It was just mom, dad, and me sitting around the tree. There were no piles of presents to be opened as our gift this year was Iceland and that’s exactly the way it should be.
I’ve come to a point in my life where the need for who got the biggest and best present no longer exists. I would rather spend my time and money making memories with those closest to me. The beauty of Iceland and sharing those memories with my parents is worth more to me than any physical object.
As we opened our stockings, we found things of great use to us. For dad a high-powered flashlight, for mom a drink tumbler, and for me a box of reeds so that I can take some upcoming auditions in Atlanta.
I spent the day clearing out my room and the basement that has become stocked full of excess clothes over the year. So far, I have come up with 4 giant garbage bags full of clothes to donate and 3 boxes of books. The next project will be to sort, categorize, and document the literally thousands of pieces of sheet music I’ve accrued over the years.
The house smelled as close as I imagine heaven on earth to smell as mom made three chocolate cakes to give to the homeless shelter downtown, which is where we finished our Christmas day together.
Yesterday was one of the most simple Christmas days that we have had, and yet one of the most beautiful. Though not the actual day Jesus was born on, I love this time of year as the focus shifts to our wonderful and beautiful Savior!
I wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas!
With much love and many blessings!