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It's a rare holiday that proceeds as expected, and ours was no exception. Still, sometimes the things you didn't plan are the best part. Here are a few of the highlights.
Best Christmas advice: (and I wish I could remember the source!): Make sure you have two pairs of scissors and two rolls of tape when wrapping presents.
Best Christmas attitude: A little bit at at time. Early in December, I resolved to try to make just a little progress each day -- and be satisfied with that. While there were definitely moments when I thought perhaps it was not as smart an idea as I'd initially hoped, in the end, it worked well. A few more things were downsized, a few left undone, still more done later than anticipated, but all in all, this was the calmest Christmas I've had in a long time.
Best Christmas present: the presence of a family member diagnosed with cancer last summer, and her stated desire to keep fighting.
Best discovery: there really is an age where it no longer matters what's under the Christmas tree with your name on it.
Best lemonade from lemons: impromptu time spent with my sister and her family when both of our travel plans changed at the last minute.
Christmas songs I'll miss: "Feliz Navidad" (Jose Feliciano) and "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," (Bruce Springsteen), neither of which I heard often enough, despite the all-Christmas-all-the-time radio stations.
Christmas song I'd heard more than enough of by December 15: "Christmas Canon" (Trans-Siberian Orchestra). By Christmas week, this song had become the proverbial fingernails on the chalkboard.
Christmas songs I managed to escape this year: "Christmas Shoes" (sends me screaming from the room) and "Dominic the Donkey," which is actually okay the first or second time around.
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Best gift of the season: Time.
How about you? What are the highlights of your season?