These past few weeks, we haven’t really ventured much outside our little sphere. We’ve been working on unpacking and organizing in our new house. We’ve spent our days lately in the garage putting in shelves, arranging and rearranging furniture, and unpacking boxes with a constant stream of “Do you know where this is” going through the air. We’ve been enjoying the simple pleasures of holiday traditions like decorating cookies and gingerbread houses and making our way through our stack of holiday movies in the evenings.
This time last year we were enjoying all the festivities that we could find around Disneyworld. The year before that you could always find us in the mountains of Utah bundled up enjoying the snow. And now this year, here we are in Tennessee looking forward to whatever this next year may bring. Next week we are making our way to Missouri to spend some time with my in-laws. And we’re going to have a couple of days enjoying the festivities at Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson.
Because my daughter is 4, we watch a lot of Disney movies. And recently we’ve been watching Olaf’s Frozen Adventure over and over again. Now I know this may seem silly, but I actually find I really enjoy this movie. The basic story behind it is Anna and Elsa realize they don’t have any family traditions because of all their years apart so their faithful snowman friend Olaf decides to go to every house in the kingdom and gather together the traditions that everyone has to bring back to them as a gift. It shows families as they celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, and Winter Solstice all because it’s that time of year and that what’s really important is spending time together and spreading peace on earth and goodwill towards all. And that is my hope for you that wherever you are celebrating, however you are celebrating, or if you’re celebrating at all- I hope that this holiday season brings peace, hope, and good will to you and yours.