So my giddy Christmas spirit was short-lived, but still lingering. After a few weeks I became stressed with figuring out gifts, packing, moving, errands, and seeing that credit card bill creep up higher than it's been all year... :\
Regardless last night I got to go to Christmas Around the World with Kristina, my coworker and friend. We are big fans of Christmas, and this was a spectacular experience. They have about 30 different trees decorated for a different country that Reagan had visited during his presidency. The neatest part was to read about how other countries celebrate Christmas and the traditions different from ours. Some don't open gifts til the 6th or 7th of January, which is expected to be when the 3 wise men arrived to bring baby Jesus gifts. Some wait til Midnight Mass on the 24th, then open gifts, then have a huge meal after that: An all-night event! Most countries, whether they celebrate Christmas for religious or social reasons, are united with the feelings of joy and giving that come from the season.
Below is the sunset last night from Simi Valley. Sorry for the cell phone pics, they don't capture it all that splendidly. But it was breathtaking... and chilly!
Well it's off to Flagstaff for a few days, then packing up the apartment til New Years. Thank you for reading, and thank you for the role you play in my life. Much love and merriment sent to you this Christmas, and wishing you a wonderful time with your friends and family and a very Happy New Year.
I'm really looking forward to 2010! New Year, New Decade, gladly welcomed...