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Christmas 2008

25 December 2008

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This Christmas, I’m feeling as happy and content as I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m not sure what it is. I’m just so relaxed and quietly satisfied about everything.

The last few days, we have been visiting zillions of friends and family, and I feel truly blessed to know all these people, and be part of their lives somehow.

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We had my side of the family come over for Christmas Eve dinner. There were 7 adults and 4 little kids. We ate a delicious meal, and there was much merriment over presents and dessert.

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On Christmas morning, we went to church. More food, more presents, and more chatter and merriment. We zipped home for a nap.

Then we were off again to dinner with my husband’s family – where there was even more delicious food, more presents, a Christmas pinata, and more family merriment.

Amongst the craziness, there was a moment where I sat back in bewilderment.

I looked back at all my other Christmases… where, sure, the format has been pretty much the same. There were the same people, the same frills, same events, same busy activities, same food and same indulgence… so what made this Christmas so special? Why was I glowing with happiness?

Perhaps I remembered that all these Christmas festivities are not meant to be SPECIAL in themselves.

The special-ness came from within.

And everyday gives us the opportunity to look for this special-ness, and then choose happiness.

So here’s me, wishing you all a wonderful time with friends and family.

I really hope everyone manages to find a moment this Christmas to sit back and discover happiness all over again.