I feel it. There is a certain chill in the air that has me donning hats, scarves, and gloves for my commute. There are twinkling lights strung on trees, houses, light poles, fences, and bridges. An entire forest of trees has moved indoors, peeking through living room curtains across the country. Every other person I pass on the street is laden with shopping bags. Kids have reached a new level of frantic energy. Today’s newspaper is 95% advertising. Mysterious packages wrapped in colorful paper are starting to make appearances. Friends and family are gathering for meals, parties, and outings. Radio stations have changed their programming to play seasonal favorites.
I find myself getting caught up in the spirit of it all. Of course, I miss my parents, family, and friends that are no longer with us, but there are so many loved ones in my life that I can’t help but feel thankful for all that I have.