Christmas 2019 presents itself in a manner different from Christmas' past.
While the house on the hill is usually Ground Zero in the storm that surrounds the holiday, this year, the house is quiet. With only one out of four grown children in town for the holiday, no houseful of guests, no whir and whirl of breakfasts and large dinners to prepare. No chaos of grandkids tearing open presents and laughter over spilled mimosas and silly gifts. This year, no stress. Nancy and I even had the opportunity to take in a movie Christmas Eve.
A quiet Christmas is rare.
For the first time, Christmas Day activities will be celebrated at Daughter #1's new home. She is excited to host and the grandkids will be happy not to bundle up and haul all of their presents to grandmas. Later, the Christmas Dinner Feast will be held at a nearby resort.
With most holiday responsibilities removed, there will be time for reflection and even an opportunity for a quiet painting session if I choose.
No matter how this day is spent, I wish you all a Merry Christmas.