Gratitide – Christmas Eve

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I am grateful for a fantastic family hike today. We hiked to the top of Bear Hill, which was just the right mix of hard enough and easy enough for everyone in the family. Farley made it up and down with no uppies, stroller, or backpack required. The weather was warm and clear, and there was a great view at the top.

I am grateful its Christmas Eve. It’s an exciting time; this was the pinnacle (and still is) of the Lathrop family holiday calendar back in Calgary. I miss being part of that. Similarly, I am missing Julie’s side of the family, there’s a whole crowd of really great people I’m used to spending Christmas with there, too. I’m sad to miss connecting with extended family this time of year, but at the same time I’m also grateful for what’s shaping up to be a low-key, cozy, fun, airport and ferry free Christmas at home.

I am grateful that the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Presents are under the tree. Visions of sugarplums are dancing in the heads of sleeping children. And so, I wish a happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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