Today's prompt written by Kat McNally from I Saw You Dancing:
Will anyone be shocked that I start this post of celebration and festivities with a confession?
The curtain fell on my last completely festive season in 1989. Some of you weren’t born yet. The average person who knows me doesn’t know this. It isn’t as if I whine and sulk and put on an annual “Woe is Me at the Holidays Parade” or anything even remotely similar.
It has been too long.
I need to choose to end those days of unhappy holidays and painted on happy faces. I need to create a ceremony with my children where we all celebrate each other individually, to make the holidays sacred just because we are and just because we love each other.
My parent’s 60th Anniversary Party is on December 26. My daughter’s twenty-first birthday is on the 25th. We will leave for the party in San Diego County on the morning of the 26th and spend the night on the 26th and 27th in Dana Point, the town where I lived for three years as I finished high school.
My children and I love it there.
One of our every-visit events is watching the sunset at the Dana Point Jetty. My eldest daughter will be back from her semester in Scotland. We will have been reunited for four days, so we will be mostly used to each other again. On that night, as we watch the sunset, we will create a ceremony to bless the year that is ending and to bless the year that is about to begin.
Each person will have a chance to “sit on the throne” and speak of their highlights and perhaps low lights of the year with the others offering praise and gratitude for each person.
My younger kids may balk a bit, but I am going to keep my Julie-and-Kids celebration in a space of love.
Then we’ll have dinner at one of our favorite places down there. Right now we don’t have a favorite place, but I want it to overlook the water.
This is a chance to celebrate and wash clean the dust of 2012. It has been a bittersweet year as many years may be. I have noticed through Reverb this year I am even now beginning that process of washing the year clean and spreading gesso atop next year’s canvas.
May each and all have a festive SELF CELEBRATION this month (and how about we report in during next year's Reverb13?)
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