It has been an odd holiday season, as I am still dealing with grief over my mom’s recent death. But Christmas joy and celebration still come through as I carry-out the traditions of the season. I visit with Dad, who is doing great—and he really liked the goodies and presents I brought from myself and his sister! We shared memories of Mom, but they were good memories and made us smile.
This year, I baked some of Grandma’s Christmas butter cookies, displayed the few Christmas decorations she would have displayed in her room, am watching some classic Christmas movies, shared a nice dinner and lots of laughs with family, and even sent out some Christmas cards.
It is a glorious time of year. No matter what, the joy, love and hope of Christmas shine through. But you may need to slow down a minute—whether all the gifts are wrapped or not—and just enjoy the love and intent of Christmas. Light a candle, watch the lights on the Christmas tree twinkle, and hug family and friends as you wish them the joy of the season. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs to help set the mood—consider them my Christmas gift to you.
Susan Boyle singing “Oh Holy Night”
Olivia Newton John singing “Silent Night”
“The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah
What are your favorite Christmas songs and traditions?