Merry Christmas all! Hopefully, yesterday was spent in the boisterous and warm company of your loved ones, and hopefully today was spent in the blissful lull that comes over a home post-holiday. In my house, the presents remain under the tree, unwrapped while the trash bag full of the discarded wrapping remains in the living room. We ate leftovers and cookies all day and took naps in the plural. Here, Boxing Day is not for cleaning, cooking, or carrying on.
With all of the pomp and circumstance and roar of relatives faded away, baby Jesus lies peacefully in his nativity scene manger, and I lie peacefully on my couch, piled with blankets and a Labrador Retriever. I am thankful for the family and friends we celebrated with yesterday, and reminded of all of the love in our lives. I’d like to share with all of you a quote from one of my favorite Christmas movies. No, it isn’t one of the dryly delivered zingers from Best in Show, our family’s traditional Christmas Eve flick (though I recommend you watch it, stat, so that you will understand whenever I drop lines like “Is that J Crew? Do you mind if I check?” or “We have so much in common, we both love soup and snow peas.”) From Love Actually, a summation of this optimistic glow I am feeling today:
“General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”