Christmas has never really been a time of the year I look forward to. I think it's because there is so much emphasis on gifts. Getting rather than giving. I am not one for gifts. I would much rather spend time with people than receive a gift. If I need something I generally go buy it myself. The thought of asking for something or making a wish list seems so absurd to me.
To me, there is nothing better than spending time with friends and family. One of my love languages is quality time; I get much joy from being around people. Especially those I love. On this particular day, I was reunited with my high-school friends. Although we all live in and around Saskatoon, the burdens of life make it hard to get together as much as we would like. Still, it hardly feels like any time has passed as we sit, sip tea or coffee, and catch up.
Last December (2011), someone at work decided it would be a good idea to have an advent calendar. Coworkers were encouraged to bring a treat everyday of the month. I signed up. What was I thinking?
Many people know I don't enjoy cooking or baking all that much, but I decided to participate. I made something simple. Cookies. I ended up baking at my sister's house and my nephew joined in on the fun. I can only assume the cookies were a big hit, as there were none left at the end of the day.
Today: Like most, I'm trying to figure things out. Sometimes that's day by day, moment by moment, and even breath by breath.