Today we took down the holiday decorations and the Christmas tree. It’s always so much fun putting them up – the anticipation of the season, the warm feelings of family and love, and the month or so of twinkling lights and beautifully wrapped packages. The end of the holiday season also marks the beginning of the longer winter months and that can be a bit depressing.
But I’m looking forward to the New Year. 2007 was a year of hardship for a lot of our loved ones and I am hopeful for a much brighter year for all of them in 2008. I am looking forward to a few vacations and most significantly, running my first Marathon…in Ireland (thanks Rich!).
Along with the holiday decorations, we put away a special ornament called The Wish Ornament. You fill it with your wishes for the year. My youngest son wished for a new toy train (he’s 2); my oldest son wished for no more school, my husband set a personal marathon goal and I continued to wish for the end of the Iraq war and that my brother will not be deployed again.
In about 11 months I hope to be reporting that these wishes came true (with the exception of my son’s “no school” wish – but perhaps rather that he will enjoy it more) and that 2008 was a wonderful year. I hope that it is for you, too.