One Senior's Opinion: Slow down and enjoy the season

The room was filled with the scent of pine. A whimsical wonderland surrounded the bottom of the tree. Tiny trains flew around silver tracks. A stable stood next to the trunk, empty. Perfectly positioned lights shone on the empty wooden barn. Ornaments, sparkling garlands of gold and silver plus tinsel decorated the eight-foot spruce which stood in the corner of my childhood home. The mantle was decorated with greenery and two large stockings hung, waiting to be filled.

These days before Christmas are busy days filled with anticipation and wonder, busy with all the pre-holiday preparations. I sometimes feel overwhelmed. I wish I could go back to the room with the eight-foot tree and just settle in for a little while. I would look into an ornament and laugh at the lopsided view of the room it presented. My snow globe beckoned me to enter its wintry wonderland.

Christmas is such a delighful time for children. When I was little, I couldn't wait to place the baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve. But wait I did, as we all must wait for the unfolding of Christmas magic.

During these days of waiting, please take some time to slow down a bit. Stop and smell the aroma of Christmas. This year I plan to let the days unfold with a hot cup of tea, a good book and a bit of chocolate. I will listen to Christmas carols and thank God for all that I have.

After all, the Christmas story began so long ago in the sleepy little town of Bethlehem...and we still wait, anticipate and, hopefully, remember the reason for the season.

Dianne Borowski

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:29 PM, 11.29.2011