This is a season of short days and long nights. Winter Solstice is tucked neatly between the beginning of Chanukah and Christmas this year seemingly balancing the celebrations filled with light. I chose to spend the longest night of the year writing Christmas cards. I confess, the task made the night that much longer! It has to be done though as there are so many more that need to be addressed. This is the time of year of numbers and tasks. Pricing letters need to be addressed, year end sales figures tallied and then there is the shopping, baking and the actual act of gift giving. My head is swirling with the need to accomplish so much in such little time. It is no wonder I didn’t have a drop of Christmas spirit last week. I called my sister Colleen and a friend that lived nearby. I was driving past their homes in Connecticut and asked if I could stay the night. I knew between the two, they would be able to infuse me with the holiday spirit I needed. We had dinner on Friday night. There with a roaring fire and a meal that was perfect right down to the ice cream dessert. We laughed until we nearly cried. It was almost magical how the worries and tasks that haunt me daily were lifted. Friendship and family, they really are such a gift when it is right.
Saturday Colleen and I drove to Farmington to visit the Hill-Stead Museum. After a fun evening, this was the perfect spot to visit. The house was decorated for the holidays and before I knew it, my heart was filled with good cheer.
I am still scrambling to get things accomplished and the next three days will prove to be a challenge. Still, a weekend in the country filled with laughter and good food does wonders for the soul. I am wishing all of you a Happy Winter Solstice and for those that celebrate – a wonderful holiday with family and friends too.