However you celebrate the holidays, may your path be peaceful, loving and kind.
In our house we celebrate Christmas. As my kids grew up, moved away and married into other families, our celebration here at home became quieter and more introspective. Presents and all the accompanying hoopla the least important; the love of family and friends the most.
Over the years, living this rural life, I have become more attuned to the changing of the seasons, the cycle of life in the outside world, the marking of days by what grows in the garden when the days are the shortest and what springs from the earth with the tiniest shift of the planet's axis.
Aside from having my family around me, outside in nature is where I'm happiest. Achieving a spectacular macro shot of a tiny salamander renders me speechless and ecstatic - for days. Simple joys.
Merry Christmas to you all. May simple joys bring you happiness.
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