The Christmas season always makes me sentimental. I reflect often on the treasured traditions that loom large in my memory and wonder what my sweet girl will take away from the experiences in her early years. I savor the slower pace of time with family - threads of conversations that span the days we spend tucked in together and shared experiences that draw us closer. I smile with each card I open from friends and family who live far away - catching up on their lives and witnessing how much they have grown and changed over the past year.
After the rush of holiday parties, work deadlines, and last minute preparations, Christmas itself seems softer - less harried - less insistent. We take time for phone calls with loved ones and make efforts to extend kindness to strangers. Joy seems to fill the very air we breathe.
As we look to the year ahead, I want to bring this spirit forward. I want to share joy when it is least expected. I want to exercise compassion when it is most needed. I want to capture the wonder of Christmas and carry it with me into the new year. Won't you join me?