The Christmas season in Southern California has been full of all joys this year. Just like my middle school students, I was thrilled to go on winter recess last week. It's always a joy to know two and half weeks lay ahead of doing just what I want. And this season, so far it has been a lot of nothing! No fighting traffic at horrible hours of the morning, enjoying the warm weather, which quickly came to an end today with a Socal winter edging in. Shopping early in the mornings to avoid all the crowds, taking afternoon naps and long walks; all these things are enjoyable. The mountains are full of snow, which make it just beautiful to look upon. I have made up my mind this holiday to take things slow, to make it easy and not wear myself down to where I am a scrooge! So far its working!!
Christmas Eve my little family and friends will head to church around 4 pm, back home for a non traditional dinner. A few days later I will be heading back to the south, God's County, to see my family. I still love living in Southern California, mostly I love all the opportunities of fun things to do, but in my heart I am missing my parents and brother and his family. I have decided that no "age" will ever erase the fact that my extended family, make up who I am and what I want to be. I am blessed to have the most kind and loving parents who never cease to amazing me and a brother who is funny and lovable man and father. Each year with them at Christmas is a gift from God, as well as my little family here in Socal. Gifts are fun, decorations are beautiful but take that all away, and as long as I have my loved ones, I am happy, in Socal or in God's Country! Amen!!