December 24, 2019-
It’s raining, it’s pouring, but this older man is not snoring. There is much to get done today, including a haircut. There will also be drop-ins at a few of my favourite shops downtown, to wish all a Merry Christmas. For many, the day before Christmas tends to be THE time to get together with friends and family, for revelry and perhaps some of the gift giving that comes with the season, as we know it. This aspect of Christmas is derived from the pre-Christian Yule, a staple of ancient Western and Northern Europe, and itself a brightening of dreary winter days.
Tomorrow, the true spiritual essence of the day will have a special significance, as I will celebrate with one of my best friends, and my daughter-in-law will be there for the occasion. Those who know me at all, know that while I live alone, the importance of family and friends in my life can never be minimized. Son would be here, but he is tending to separation from active duty, and that brief sacrifice of time with his loved ones will come to an end, in a week’s time.
There will also be time spent on the phone, starting with a call to an ailing cousin, this afternoon, and to my mother, siblings and in-laws tomorrow. Cards are a fading tradition, for many, so we find other ways to connect. Gifts, at least from yours truly, have been given or sent- or are ready to be given in person, tomorrow.
Finally, there is this: In the core of my being, I know that the Creator never has left us alone and never will. It is constant, daily remembrance of His love for us, which brings hope and joy, even in what is, outwardly, the darkest of days. Today will sparkle, in spite of the grey skies and rainfall. So, too, will tomorrow.