I'm a bit frustrated with the Blogger-iPad interface at the moment. I'm in Vancouver, so I'm dependent on the tablet, but I'd uploaded photos for a post and begun writing it, hoping to finish and publish it here. No such luck. So I'll have to save those thoughts for later and chat with you sans photo . . .
No Five Things Friday today, but I will be doing Two Important Things that figure highly in my Getting Festive in Small Ways Throughout the Season program, a program intended to combat a tendency to exhaust ourselves in a push for one perfect day. The first Important Thing is having lunch with one of my sisters at a very elegant, very special restaurant, just the two of us. She will be taking a long lunch hour from a busy workplace clearing the decks of lawyers and clients, also taking time during a tough family time, all to celebrate the season with me after a year of loss and love and estate-settling. I, raising a glass across the table, will be taking time to reward myself for getting through a very challenging week of dental woes and high-intensity marking. I'm not quite done yet, but I decided quite consciously a few weeks ago that it would be important to stop and Make a Christmas moment.
And if that weren't wonderful enough, a nephew accepted my invitation -- one of those ongoing standing ones that The Season pushed me into making more concrete--- and I'm meeting him at our local favourite Greek place for dinner tonight. I do love being an Aunt. This guy is one of the sweetest 19-year olds you could hope to meet, a big hockey player, fantastic big brother (and pretty decent "little brother" as well) and an aspiring future screenwriter/current writing student. I have been blessed with a marvellous bunch of nephews and nieces, and getting to spend individual time with them. . . Talk About Festive!
But with both those Important Things being meals at restaurants, can you guess what my Third Important Things of the day might be? Why yes, I am going for a run soon. How did you know?
So I have no photos for you today, but perhaps you will draw up your own images of special meals enjoyed with one or two special people in an atmosphere that imbues the occasion with all the Warmth of the season. If you'd care to describe one you particularly remember from Christmas seasons Past or tell me about any you have planned for this season, I'd love to read your comments below.
For now, Gotta Run!