I did it! Gifts are purchased and wrapped. The tree is up and lighted. This is the very first year my tree is simply adorned with lights and only lights. The boxes filled with keepsake ornaments and beautiful red and white ornaments were beside the tree in their protective storage boxes. I chose lights and joy over stress and ornaments. I'm happy with the lights and I'm happy with the beautiful star that is perched on the top branch.
Mostly, I'm happy for the gift of family and friends. And I'm happy for all of you.... each and every one of you who are now such a big part of my life.
Whatever holiday you celebrate or if your choice is to celebrate none, I wish you joy. I wish you love. I wish you happiness. And I thank you for the gift of YOU.