As for me, I am my usual disorganised self, and have not sent out my cards, nor even made my usual 'every-christmas-without-fail' panfortes in time to post them to far-flung loved ones (sorry little brother, maybe a new year panforte?!). I'm feeling a bit numb by this time, the over-commercialisation just depresses me, even when I find myself getting caught up in it. I long for something simpler, cleaner, quieter. Christmas carols, real ones, not 'Frosty the Snowman'. Sung by people I know, not pre-recorded by the latest pop sensation. Family and friends and small gifts, home-made or chosen with care. A story about a tiny baby, small children dressed up as shepherds and kings and tripping over their dads' old dressing gowns. And hope. Hope, compassion and peace for us all, no matter what spiritual creed we follow, no matter where we are.
And so, I wish you ALL a safe, joyful, peaceful Christmas season, and a happy and hopeful new year. Follow your dreams, be creative, love and be loved...and don't forget to fly.
With love and hope,
I must not forget how to fly (detail. © 2007)