A Happy Home
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Below.
We decided this year to have a happy home during the holidays. No matter what. A warm and loving place full of all things Â weÂ love Â and Â with Â an upbeat Â energy. Â Yes, there are tensions elsewhere and things Â arenâ€™t Â perfect in other areas and some of our friends and family seemed damned and determined to be miserable, but not us.
Weâ€™re enjoying Â each Â other, Â avoiding Â the Â malls, Â and working Â together to manifest all the things we want, including creating picture frames of happy future moments we envision.
We saved most of the outdoor plants from the freeze, took a few of Â them back outside, and finally decorated the family room, with a little bit Â else to decorate inside and outside the house. Weâ€™d had a bit of bad news a couple of weeks ago, so we waited until the tree-decorating wouldnâ€™t be tainted with bad memories. Â Weâ€™re not done but weâ€™re trying to enjoy Â the decorating rather than the â€œchoreâ€ of decorating. Â That means Â trying Â to get rid of deadlines we impose on ourselves for the holidays.
There Â was Â one Â funny Â moment Â in Â the Â decorating, though. Apparently last year, Iâ€™d bought some stockings to hang by the Â fireplace, Â but Iâ€™d forgotten Â or had misplaced them. I did remember that Iâ€™d bought two for the girls.
This year, I opened a box and pulled out the two for the girls, the fancier green and purple stockings. Then, to my Â surprise, Â I Â found Â two Â more, Â the Â solid Â green Â and slightly smaller solid purple. One for me? I guessed. And the other for…?
Then I got the giggles joking about searching through- outÂ the Â kingdom Â and Â marrying Â the Â prince Â whose Â foot would fit that stocking. Â Yeah, I knowâ€”small feet, thick ankles!
I decided to put up the extra stocking anyway. I liked the visual Â interpretation Â of expanding Â my family Â again, and Iâ€™m open to that stocking being filled for someone.