Added a few notes to a previous post, but our message is the same – to convey our heartfelt wishes for a tender and joyful holiday!
We were so fortunate to spend our very first Christmas (as a married couple) in Paris. Away from family and friends and on our lune de miel, we wrapped the city around us and bid “Joyeux Nöel” to strangers on street corners. That is the wonder and warmth of the season – so many differences disappear, and kind greetings are shared.
Today, we spoke with our dear friends in Paris, who will be enjoying a toast with new visitors to their charming vacation rental. We know, as do they, that miles and a rather large ocean may separate us this season; but we all are one in remembering special times and embracing the hope of so many more in the future (bises a Sandy & Philippe!). Those thoughts are precisely the ones that drive all of us to laughter and tears during the holidays – all of those precious friends and family with whom we have shared up-down-and-all-around times! History seems not only resurrected but redefined during these annual celebrations.
This year, we have been pretty organized without a mad rush toward the big gift-giving day. Yet, don’t we always ‘manufacture’ some last minute things to do? One more stocking stuffer. A candy cane. A treasure that jumps to the front of your consciousness with a bold prod – “You MUST get this for ‘x’!” I suppose if I went out in search of a Bûche de Noël at this late moment, I would be denied my wish. C’est la vie. [Covered that wish this year – we are making our own!]
We will gather with family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, enjoy the innocence of children at church, the delight of family gathered for brunch and two hearty grandsons tearing through gifts with a ton of joy and excitement!
We sincerely wish you the warmest thoughts of the season. Whatever joys and sorrows, victories or defeats you may have encountered during this past year; we imagine a cloak of warmth and peace wraps around you and yours during your holiday celebrations and throughout the coming year.