Merry Christmas & happpy Hannukah, and a general Season’s Greetings to all my readers!

Today I am in Barrie celebrating Chritmas with my sisters (and in spirit with my brother in Manitoba) and so far I am having a lovely time. I love spending time with my family, I don’t get to see them very often, as I live in Ottawa, and getting to spend this time with them is important to me.

Of course there’s also the giving and receiving of gifts. It’s always nice to know someone’s been thinking of you, although of course gifts are not an obligation of the day. I received some lovely gifts I must say, well thought of ones that include some of my favourite things like tea and beer. And I like giving too, although I’m not as good at it as my sisters are. I tend to give things to people and hope they’ll like them.

Christmas is full of great music that never fails to cheer me up. Ok, there are a few exceptions, there are definitely some depressing Christmas songs. But generally they’re pretty cheery. The food is good and even the snow is pretty, at least for one day.

But the holidays aren’t always easy for everyone. There’s a lot of lonliness out there in the world, and if you’re single it can feel like you’re the only one in the world that is. Trust me, I know.

And this year is the first year without my Mom, which makes it harder. I will say that it’s been easier than I thought it would be, I hope that doesn’t sound crass. But I miss her something fierce, especially today.

But I know she’s with us in spirit.