It is funny how missing the traditions of Christmas for just one year has made such an impression on me. You see, last year, we spent the majority of the winter in Destin, Florida in our RV. For Pennsylvania natives, that was quite a change. Instead of snow and cutting down our own tree, we had a boat parade and beach time. To replace mittens and gloves, we had a heated outdoor pool. Instead of driving through the communities with the best Christmas lights, we impolitely stared at people lighting pink flamingos. We traded pines for palms and heavy, Pennsylvania Dutch meals for Gulf shrimp and fresh grouper.
But these are all incidentals. There were more noteworthy items that were also a part of the trade. No time spent with our dear friends and family. No annual company Christmas party. No home church functions. No community projects to help those in need. No cookie exchange (for me to try to avoid since I am gluten-free). No real expectations, no plans and no busy schedule. It was terrible. Terrible enough, in fact, that we rented a car at the last minute and drove back to PA to surprise our families.
This year, we are in Pennsylvania, fully surrounded with family and friends. And despite our shivering, we are grateful to participate in what feels like Christmas time to us.
And yet, with the comparison so vibrant in my mind, I have also been stunned by the amount of hustle and bustle, shopping craze and joyless obligations that I can recognize with new eyes due to their absence from our lives last year. There is nothing quite like living in sq. feet of space to bring home the idea of excess, which you could easily recognize in others, but maybe not so much in yourself? Fulltime RVing redefines “excess”. So, Chris and I are maintaining our focus and making choices to help us celebrate the season in meaningful ways. We truly do not want to go back to a to-do list life. We want to keep our in-the-moment RVing lifestyle. It is a struggle, my friend. But, we are focused on persevering…
…Chris is joyfully helping with Christmas lights (that man loves a good Christmas lighting). He has a jolly smile as he drinks his egg nog. I am happily contented working on homemade gifts for our loved ones and drinking nurturing tea to keep the colder weather at bay; and we have a select few special events planned to help us enjoy the season.
The first of which was to meet someone who had become a friend as a result of our YouTube channel. He loved our channel so much, that he kindly wrote, created and offered us our theme song. We have kept in touch, and we knew that when we got back to PA again, that we would visit him. To add to the enjoyment of meeting our new friends in person, he and his wife perform in Sonorous Trio, an acoustical trio that performs regularly in central PA. We gladly accepted the invitation to one of their shows, and we would like to share that evening with you. But, before I let you go, may I share with you our sincere hope for you this season?
Our hope is that you are able to maintain your focus, keep the cold weather at bay, remember what is meaningful in place of what is material, and prepare yourself to celebrate a birth that changed the world.
Without further adieu (well, a little more in the video intro.), I give you, Sonorous…