Maybe It’s Because . . .

TreeMaybe it’s because I’m getting older.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have children.

Maybe it’s because I’ve spent the last year being actively grateful.

Maybe it’s because I’ve decluttered and scaled down to just the things that truly bring me joy.

Maybe it’s because I’ve spent all of my Christmases, since the age of two, in the house my father built, and I dread the day that I no longer can.

Maybe it’s because I’ve finally figured out what matters – who matters – and why the things that shouldn’t don’t.

Regardless, I’m feeling both joyous and melancholy about Christmas this year. My favorite carols have been putting a literal song in my heart and a lump in my throat the size of a chestnut roasted on an open fire.

I treasure this time of year with family, and I want it to stay the way it’s always been – every year – forever.

Maybe that’s because of love.

Peel Two



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  1. What a wonderful sentiment. Having aging parents makes me treasure the time I spend with them and to not take anything for granted. Cherish every moment you get to be with Walter and Lois, I know my life would not be the same without them in it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year.

  2. Peace be with you and may there be many more such years.

  3. May your good fortune with your family Christmases last for very many more years! I miss my Mom, Dad and brother very much, as well my adopted parents-in-law, but they are all still in my heart and are with my beautiful family in spirit. Big hugs! M

  4. I miss the times with my family and as I age I find that I also forget some of the best of the times.

    Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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