When asked what my favorite holiday is, I am usually hard pressed to answer. What is my favorite holiday? Saying Christmas seems to be a bit innocuous. I might say it’s this time of year that feels so magical; yet, these holidays come with their own pressures, their own expectations and pitfalls.
I do so love Halloween. The dressing up, the mystique — okay, I just like dressing up. It also happens to be my daughter’s birthday so it is doubly exciting these days.
The 4th of July is great fun with the fireworks, the warm summer evenings, the BBQs, family vacations and my utmost favorite, the swimming pool (I swear I have gills sprouting).
There are a plethora of other holidays that are delightful; however, I have come to realize the one that I truly love, that insights nervousness, excitement and hope is truly New Years. Call me a sappy moron (others already have) but I just love the thrill of “out with the old, in with the new.” I adore that I can look on a year with fresh eyes — much like a clean sheet of paper or a sparkling kitchen sink — and see all of the possibilities and wonder the next year can hold. It’s a clean slate of promises that I can’t help but feel excited by. The possibility for improvement, for happiness, for growth — it’s thrilling to me!
Growing up, we were never ones to go out. My family never had parties. We usually remained safely ensconced in the comfort of our own home, safe from the drunk drivers my mother thought would get us for sure if we even set a toe on the road. My family didn’t drink so the drink-yourself-stupid theme didn’t really fit them. Instead, we watched movies and enjoyed each other’s company. Then at 11:45, we’d turn the channel to watch the ball drop for our own time zone. We’d count down, hug and kiss and drink our Martinelli’s, and then we’d be shooed off to bed. These days there is not much difference in what we do.
Throughout the day, as with every year, I’ve found myself looking back at the year we’re about to leave. I can see quite clearly that I am leaving 2006 with fondness. We had a great many wonderful things happen to us this year. We’ve been healthy. We’ve been happy. My business has taken off. J has gotten a couple of raises and a promotion. A has been in Pre-K and is soaking it up like the little sponge he is. All in all, it’s been a great year — despite the downfalls, the heartaches and the tears.
As I look forward to the new year, 2007, I have really great feelings about what it’s going to hold. I feel like it is going to be a great year full of promise and possibility and happiness. It is a great time in our lives, we are happy and healthy and stable — and I am thrilled. Perhaps dreams will be realized or discovered. Perhaps things will change, better or worse. Who knows what will be waiting!!
In the future, when someone asks me what my favorite holiday is, I might just have to say New Years. It is the one holiday where you can truly reflect on what is versus what could be and I think that’s delightful!
So everyone forgive my incredibly sappy post and have a happy New Year!!! Be safe!! Back to our regular posting in 2007!