Yet I have found it is easy to get lost amidst the bustle, to go through the entire month without every really enjoy the season only to wake up one day and realize it’s over: a new year has begun.
For I may hear an endless stream of music—but how often do I stop and listen to a song? I may spend hours decorating house and tree, but once they are up, when do I ever step back to enjoy the beauty created?
I mix and cut and bake favorite Christmas treats—only to scarf them down without tasting them. The scents of evergreen and cinnamon fill my home, yet rarely do I smell them. I watch Christmas movies half distracted, their storylines familiar. I greet family and friends without ever feeling their warm embraces.
Is that the way to celebrate anything? No wonder I can finish the season feeling tired and empty, rather full of warmth and good cheer. And I suspect that perhaps, I am not the only one who has done this or felt this way.
So this year, let’s take time.Let’s enjoy the moment and absorb the wonder of the season.