Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I've been on call today and things have been intense. Keeping all the computers up and running this time of year is vital to our corporation and there's a lot riding on a successful holiday season.
By this evening I felt like my head was in a vice. But things began to slack off and my oncall duty is winding down.
I put Tori Amos' new Christmas album on the stereo, sat on the couch, closed my eyes to simply relaxed for a few minutes.
I could hear the wind in the pines and the rattle of rain on the roof. All of a sudden a profound sense of peace washed over me. Tonight - right now, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
I know Jilda and I are probably a minority, but we always exchange our gifts on Christmas eve. I can smell a fresh batch of her special apple cider steeping on the stove. She also is cooking a batch of gingerbread cookies.
We'll eat dinner here soon and sit on the couch, listen to music and enjoy the Christmas tree. We both are fortunate enough to pretty much buy what we really want throughout the year, so at Christmas, we try to get each other small special gifts.
We'll watch "It's a Wonderful Life" before we go to bed tonight and tomorrow we'll get up at the crack of dawn to cook ham and turkey to take to our family gatherings.
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas and I hope 2010 is the best year yet for you all.
Merry Christmas

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