Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Little Bit More



“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”         ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

I've spent the last few days running errands, baking a few more batches of cookies, picking up a gift or two and begging my mom to wrap the last remaining gifts. I've charged the electronic gifts that will be gifted Christmas morning and distributed cookie plates. I've visited  the winter light and flower show at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, which will likely become a new holiday tradition. I've been fully immersed in the busy-ness and tasks that quickly wear one down. 
And now? 
Now, I'm sitting in the dark with only the lights from the tree and garland on the banister. Its dark, quiet and peaceful. I'm trying to let go of the stress and anxiety the holidays tend to bring. I want to focus on the little bit more....
The playing games with my cousins after presents have been opened, laughing and talking with my various family members. The memories, both old and new. The catching up with friends over cheese plates and drinks. The sharing of old times and memories with family friends. The messages to far away friends to remind them that I'm thinking of them and how special their friendships are to me.  The slowing down and actually being.  
For me, that little bit more is togetherness, friendship, with a bit of nostalgia thrown in for good measure.  What does a little bit more mean to you?
Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons!!
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Christmas tree outside of Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh