Well, I skipped right over November and December didn’t I. Can you blame me with all the holidays? It was very different this year. Normally my hubby and I host a big (happens every other year) Open House in December. We invite everyone we know. I cook for days! The house gets a cleaning and we decorate every room. I have a collection of Nutcrackers, so the Living Room has a Nutcracker theme…the tree has nutcracker lights and my collection fills the shelves of the seven bookshelves. There are nutcracker stocking holders as well as a nutcracker snow globe and nutcracker pillows. I am working on a nutcracker quilt to drape over the couch. But, this year it was just me and the hubby. I just couldn’t spend all that energy decorating the house all up when it would be just him and me who would see it. So we put up a tree decorated with all the ornaments left over from our youth, and some that my father had bought (they are blown glass). There were also ornaments from his former students from when he taught high school. We also put up lights outside. I think we needed the cheer. It was nice. Quite. Calm. But still nice. Normally on Christmas day we go to his sister’s house or his niece’s house, the whole family comes and several friends. We end up with around 20 to 30 people. This year it was family only and we gathered on Zoom, each of us from our own homes. We actually talked with each other. When there is a big old crowd you can’t hear anyone. Somehow the hours turn into days, which turn into weeks and months. It flies by. I have recommited to doing self-care and looking deep inside during these "dark" time of the year months. It is a time of reflection and a time of taking stock. Keep what you like about yourself and let go of those things that no long serve you. I know it's a cliche but I am planning on working on my health during 2021, and my business. I lost several stores (they folded) due to Covid. But I am still here. I am so looking forward to the new year. I am ready for change and I am ready to get back to work. I have lots of ideas for new products and classes. If you weren’t aware, I teach a free zoom class every Friday night. E-mail me for more information if you are interested. HexebaTheaux@yahoo.com Happy New Year everyone!