The presents have been purchased and wrapped, the family is gathered, and the cookies are baked and mostly decorated. There’s no snow on the ground, but that’s hardly worth complaining about.
It’s been the holiday season for over a month now, and tomorrow night, Christmas eve, is when the gifts under the tree will start being opened. So tonight–the night before the gift-giving begins–was the last night for me to sit and look at the decorated Christmas tree, with all of the wrapped presents still underneath.
I’m grateful to have made it to the verge of another Christmas, and I hope to see several more of them before my time here is up. But in the wake of the Newtown shooting, and all of the other disasters, illnesses, and unforeseen tragedies that have happened to people all around the world since last Christmas, I also realize that it’s far from a given.
So as the wise man once said, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”