Wait- Let’s be real about this:
On this day – I wish you a day full of being annoyed by family members. The relatives that are forever old school and speak with a bluntness and candor that makes us feel like we’re at some kind of Comedy Central Roast.
A day sitting next to the Uncle who always has a glass of scotch within reach.
A day where we see the wide-eyed frozen stare of the kids that have had the fear of God put in them by their Mother before getting out the car.
A day full of warm hugs and embraces by the cluster of women – the Village if you will… who are full of compliments, and when you leave the room you hear a hushed collective giggle as you know you are the butt of the joke. And that’s OK, because once you rejoin the group and someone else enters and exists the room it will then become their turn.
I wish you a day of fun and light drama. Just a dash of drama, not a heavy dose.
Why, oh why would I want this for you and for me?
Because these are the moments that will forever be remembered and talked about. These are the moments that for years to come will be told and retold and will be edited and exaggerated each and every year.
These are the moments of a loving family. Where we break bread at the table, and have deep chats as the world’s problems are solved. The table where we connect. I mean REALLY connect. With eye contact, and hands signing to emphasis our points. Besides good food, one of the best things about sitting around the dinner table is the boisterous laughter that fills the home.
Today has nothing to do with the gifts you give or receive. It’s about taking the time to make time for those that matter to us.
At the end of the day, when you lay your head on the pillow to rest – it is my wish that you have a day full of colorful and joyous memories to reflect over. And I wish, that as you fall asleep tonight, you do so with a smile and a giggle or two as you replay moments of the day.
Merry Christmas. Be safe on the roads. And be safe with your words and actions with one another…. well, not TOO safe…*wink*