We are busy preparing for the holiday.
We are hosting family and a friend of Avery’s from Taiwan. It will be a full and noisy house, unlike the quiet I have been immersed in these days.
We are decorating all out, lights, wreath, garland, a huge tree we went and cut down at a family farm, buckets of ornaments old and new.
Santa is figuring heavily throughout.
Stockings are hung over the fireplace.
Preparing to gather is bringing me a warmth that softens my resistance to the increasing cold outside, and the deep feeling of loss and loneliness which I am walking with.
Deck the halls, hold my hand.
My heart lightens.