Santa has been here and gone, the pretty wrapping paper has turned into trash and the Christmas leftovers have been thrown out. I always feel a let down when Christmas is over. I am just as anxious to get the tree down after Christmas as I was to get it up the weekend after Thanksgiving.
I enjoy Christmas while it is here. I love watching the grandkids and great-nieces and nephews opening their gifts. I love eating all of the delicious food. I especially enjoy being with family. I miss my two grandchildren in England. This is the second Christmas we have had to depend on computer connections to see each other over the holidays. I can be thankful for Skype and good telephone connections.
With the end of Christmas, we can look ahead to the New Year. The New Year becomes last year way too soon. We need to make the best of each day of 2011.
I was thinking about New Year's Resolutions for the upcoming year. I can make them but I am not very good at keeping them. Top on my list is eating right and exercising. Now that I am in my 60's (as my husband reminds me daily) I will need to take better care of my health.
I am sure if I look hard enough I can find some exercises that are age appropriate.
One of my resolutions for over 20 years was to quit smoking. Well, I can't use that one this year. I have quit (or I should say I haven't had a cigarette in 15 months). I am not as fortunate as the people who can say they put them (cigarettes) down and never wanted another one. I have struggled, but so far I have won.
The countdown will be here before we know it and 2011 will begin.
One of my greatest hopes for the New Year is the wars will end and family members serving in the military will be reunited with their spouses, children, mothers, fathers, grandparents and friends. Every time I read or see of a child being surprised with a military parent or relative arriving at school it brings tears to my eyes.
I do hope for everyone a good 2011. So many people have lost jobs and homes, and I hope we will see a turnaround in our economy. If not, we had better start learning some of the old-fashioned ways --- growing our own and doing without things we don't need.