After a month of waiting, tonight is finally Christmas Eve, my favorite night of the year! Yes, certainly the presents are a feature of the evening, but the food is what I’m actually most excited to enjoy. Philippe and I worked on a puzzle for a bit today and had some eggnog while Phineas was curled up on his holiday blanket and snoring on the couch. We didn’t have any cookies made this year, so I painted a quick little imagined gift for Santa, who will be filling our stockings tomorrow morning. And, imagining Santa eating cookies at houses around the world actually makes me feel better that my own impending gluttony will still pale by comparison. There’s holiday music playing in the background as I type this, completing the mood and making my heart smile. It’s hard to believe that after tomorrow morning it will all be over, so I’m savoring each little moment as it passes. Since it’s such an exciting occasion, today is also perhaps the longest day of the year. It seems like time slows to a crawl as the seconds tick forward toward the evening. The best things in life are always the ones worth waiting to experience.
I’m writing this a bit earlier in the day so I can be well and truly finished by dinner. Philippe is currently creating our Bûche de Noël, which will be the final celebratory conclusion of the event much later this evening. And yes, for anyone following along, I’ve already scanned my gifts to see if any might be in the shape of a lava lamp. I realize this is perfectly childish, but as ever, I make no apologies for my childish ways. One gift looks promising, but I wouldn’t put it past Philippe to cleverly disguise the box. I’ve done the same with a couple of his gifts, so fair is fair, after all. In truth, I’m mostly excited to give gifts as that’s such a fun experience. I’ve no idea if I’ve gotten all the right things this year, but there will still be lots of fun surprises ahead. There will also be champagne to kick things off and a glass of wine when dinner arrives. And though love is certainly present in our home throughout the year, tonight it will glow even brighter than ever. With each little moment of our annual tradition, we’ll be reminded that we really do have a wonderful little life.
I love to live inside the magical world of a snow globe this time of year. The kind far away from the silly stresses of everyday life and safely hidden from the day’s horrid headlines. In this world, everything glows with beauty and optimism. And it’s a feeling I try to hold with me throughout the year. Every day can’t be this magical, of course, or we’d never be able to spot the special ones. But, whenever I feel a bit down during the rest of the year, I close my eyes and think back to this very moment. Life can be a struggle at times, but there’s so much good to be found there. And, my long list of dreams that I failed to accomplish this year will be eagerly waiting for me in the next one. Tonight, I’m simply filled with hope. For each thing that didn’t happen, something wonderful managed to appear in its place. So, I’m quite thankful for everything, but mostly just that fabulous ability to dream in the first place. And if you’re reading this now, I’m raising my glass in a toast to you and your dreams. May each and every one of them come true on this very merry Christmas Eve.
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