This has been a very volatile year in so many ways. The world is changing so rapidly from climate change to geopolitical tensions. Technology soars ahead at breakneck speed, yet the world faces a crisis in fresh water supplies in parts of the world. People are being displaced at record levels, more than at any time in recorded history, fleeing their homes and seeking refuge for safety in other countries. We need some holiday joy! All these world problems are getting very hard to fix.
I think as we head into this Christmas season, this is a year we should look hard into what the holiday season truly means. It is not all about the gifts, the decorations, or the holiday feast. Hopefully it is about a world pulling together in peace and with the conviction to have a healthy planet. We need people to find that joy, and look forward to a better future.
It is a year to count our blessings. Fresh food, clean water, adequate shelter, economic security, good health and all the other things or people we take for granted. Not everyone is so lucky.
I decorated four small trees this year, all artificial. I don’t have it in me any longer to get a big, fresh tree. My health has been declining and I have been told I can’t lift anything beyond 20 lbs. any longer. No more digging in the garden either. So Christmas has been downsized, and the garden just gets cutting back.
Therefore, I did not decorate with as much gusto as in previous years, 2012 – 2011 and another from 2011– 2010 – 2009 (my favorite and before I started the blog). No Christmas decorations in 2013 and 2014 as I visited family in Pennsylvania. Check out the other years when I had real trees.
I have many lightweight decorations, so I guess each year I can just keep switching off.
I was at the doctors last week where they have me wearing another heart monitor. A doctor visit today looks like I will be going in for another operation too. Not sure when though. It seems like the doctor visits never end. Another appointment scheduled next week, one the week after, then another on the 29th. The new year starts it all over again with one the first week. I have to say I am getting weary of all this. Oh, well, pushing on…
Coming up… posts on crafts I did in previous years for Christmas. Want to raid your garden for easy to make Christmas decorations? Plus how do you pick a Christmas tree? And…those European Christmas markets up next, how are they doing this year? Some photos of them being built around the European cities and towns.