Santa Claus can come anytime now: the house is clean. The chimney is swept… no I’m kidding. But I’ve gotten the piles of stuff that accumulated sorted and put away. And everything is scrubbed. The next few days will be spent baking those holiday favorites.
I am also going to make some new ornaments for the tree. I am feeling very creative. I want to be festive and not give into the negativity of my situation. I will put forth my effort on only the things that I have control over!
I’ll wrap the presents. I have two more Christmas cards left to get out. This is it, then I’m done. I have far too much time on my hands and this is no good. I’ll write the bills early, remembering the busy postal service this time of year and the holiday closings. Nothing will be forgotten or left untaken-care-of.
I will play my favorite holiday tunes and sing in the kitchen to Bing Crosby’s, White Christmas. Happy hour may just have to start at three! Kidding, better idea: cookies and coffee at three, then everyone will be happy.
It has been a real challenge acting as if everything’s okay. But there is no other way. I will not be dragged down. I’m sure there will be work again sometime early in the New Year. I will have a positive outlook. I will be thankful for what I do have. I will be brave.
I will watch: It’s a Wonderful Life, and think of our friend George Bailey, “The riches man in town!” And be thankful of my own riches.