...cap on my pen last evening readying myself to leave for the night- I felt this sense of melancholy mixed with relief... am I the weirdest storekeeper or what!!! Sad that the season had come to an end - but relieved that I can move on to start putting all the plans I have for 2012 into motion.
I was closing the store (a bit early) at ten of five - putting the goodies on the porch away - when a car pulled up with a young father and his two young sons - the oldest being 4. His wife had seen something in the store a day or so ago and he came to get it for her. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I DIDN'T CLOSE EARLY ! Little things like that make Christmas special for me. ie. - the melancholy that I will miss these special happenings!!
The relief comes very quickly though as I rushed home to start our own Christmas...closing today was a very good idea...my cheese pies are in the oven giving me time to visit here. Only one more present to wrap and 3 gift baskets to fill and I am done. Guess what - Tony and I are going shopping...!! He is at the bakery picking up the tomato pies and rolls for our Christmas Eve celebration this evening at our son's home. It is low key (as much as it can be with 9 little ones TRYING to be good for Santa Claus) - and informal. We are blessed that we enjoy each others company. I enjoy the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping - hope everyone is NICE when we are out there!! (my toaster died and we MUST have toast for hubby in the morning)!!
I am so grateful for all my cyber friends - I wish I could meet everyone of you - best I can do is to wish you the MERRIEST OF CHRISTMAS and A HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR !!