This holiday season was wonderful in so many ways.

I think part of its wonder was that I decided to do some things differently.

A short time ago, I broke of a relationship with a man whom I have dated on and off for ten years. I did it with a touch of sadness, not the rage I had experienced in former times of separation.

I knew it was the right thing to do, because the moment I did it, I felt as if I had been freed from a cage.

He wasn’t an evil person, in any way, but I just didn’t see that we could make it work. This time as I think about our relationship I thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon me through this man. He has been such a blessing in so many ways but just not in all of the ways I need.

So being that I was not committed or married to a man I attended a single’s Christmas party. I didn’t leave early like I do at most parties. I stayed to the end. We played Cards against Humanity and it was a hoot.

I also attended my Bible Study Christmas dinner. It was such a wonderful gathering. I had not seen those folks for several months and it was a delight to see them and fellowship with them. We played a game after dinner called “what if”. It was the most hilarious game I have ever played and only took some scraps of paper and some pens or pencils to play.

The week before Christmas I caught the flu from a patient. That bug wiped me out. Then the day after I caught the flu I went in for surgery to get hardware removed from my collar-bone.

By the time Christmas Eve came around I didn’t know how I was going to pull off the dinner. I had invited a dear friend for dinner and my daughter and son were home. I didn’t go all out like I normally do. I instead searched the internet for a quick and easy desert that I could add to the menu. I found the most wonderful skillet apple pie recipe. It was easy and delish. Just what I needed to round out the meal.

My dear friend was such a delight to have over. He was full of compliments for my decor and my food. I was so glad he agreed to come over. It was such a pleasant experience for all of us.

Then yesterday my daughter took me to see the Magnolia Market in Waco. That was on my bucket list. I had to hold back the tears several times during the day because I was just overwhelmed with gratitude for the special day. The silos that Chip and Joanna have transformed are amazing.

I would suggest that anyone who goes to the Silos stop by and get a cupcake from the bakery. They are yummy! Such a special and wonderful place to visit.

I got some wonderful gifts also. The man who I broke up with before Christmas is still a generous friend and he made my Christmas special with some cashmere sweaters. Then my son went shopping for a purse and a new wallet for me and with the help of my daughter nailed a perfect purse and wallet.

I hope to cherish these memories of this holiday season. There were so many times I stopped to thank God. Yet I didn’t thank him as much for the presents as I did for the people who are in my life.

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