One Merry Christmas

    It's that time of year when so many people ask me what I want for Christmas. This isn't usually an easy question to answer for me. If I want something that's in a reasonable price range for a holiday gift, I tend to buy it myself, although I try to remember not to as the holidays approach. And if I haven't bought it for myself, that usually means it is too expensive to suggest for others to get me.

    This year it was easier. I've been downsizing as part of an effort to simplify my life and make moving into a smaller home next fall easier. The work is hard, but I'm looking forward to the pay off. One inspiration for this effort has been a change in my approach to life. I've finally gotten tired of all the things I've collected over the years, and the associated mess, as I'm not organized enough for this level of stuff. So this year when I'm asked what I want for Christmas, I truthfully say 'nothing'.

    Not everyone asks me, so I did get a few small things as part of the Christmas celebration at my father-in-law's on the 25th. But I think one of the best thing I got was a spontaneous walk through the snow filled woods with my oldest son. My boys and I put on all our snow clothes and stepped outside to play in the snow. It was a teasing snow, as it was sticky enough to hold a snow ball shape, but not enough to really hold up to snow man making or even much throwing. We had fun anyway, and after a while of the boys playing by themselves, I started to wander down a path to the woods. My boys tagged along and took over the lead.

    There are snowmobile trails through these woods, and as we approached one, my sister-in-law and her husband were returning from a walk. My youngest decided he was ready to go inside, so he went with my sister-in-law back to the house. My oldest led the way on down the snowmobile trail, and I followed. We found the yellow snow writing mentioned by my sister-in-law, which was quite well done. We observed many animal signs, including deer tracks, rabbit tracks, mice tunnels, and we spooked a pheasant on the way back. We also saw some footprints that looked like they belonged to a large bird. I was suspicious at first, as they were quite large and single file, but they were extensive enough to prove to me they were not man made. My current theory is they were turkey tracks.

    I eventually had to suggest we head back, as it was getting dark, and our total walk took just over an hour. It was relaxing, enjoyable, and our interactions were more as friends than as guardian and charge. We got exercise, discussed what we saw, and neither one of us whined. :-) As a former boss of mine would say when giving positive feedback, 'More of that'.
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