A Merry SEB Christmas to you.

So it’s just before 9AM here in Ann Arbor and I’m sitting in my living room watching TV on a very wet Christmas day. This year has been a big change for me and I haven’t always handled it well.

I’m spending most of the day alone for the first time in my life. Courtney has moved to Grand Rapids and Anne is working until 4PM so there was no early morning madness of gift exchanging, tearing into carefully wrapped packages, and gleeful squeeling. It’s been a tight year money -wise so there’s not a lot of gifts under the tree anyway. I wouldn’t even be awake right now except that Courtney called me at 7:15AM to wish me a Merry Christmas, which was a little annoying at first because it was a reminder of what I’m missing out on.

And then I pulled up my big boy underpants and adjusted my attitude. I have a very idealized idea of what Christmas is supposed to be like and this year I’m about as far from it as it’s possible to be, but life is about change and in the great scheme of things I have to admit I’m pretty lucky. I have a wonderful marriage to a woman I love greatly, I’m employed in a state with the highest level of unemployment, I have a daughter who appears to be well adjusted despite having me for a father, I have a roof over my head, toys of all manner to play with, a cat that keeps me company, food in my fridge, and an abundance of good friends. Later today we’ll be headed over to Anne’s parents house for Christmas dinner and gift exchange with people who have accepted me as family.

Nope, I’m not rich and probably won’t be anytime soon, but I’ve got a lot to be happy about. Things could definitely be much worse. Sometimes we need to stop and consider how fortunate we are. It can be easy to take things for granted that we really shouldn’t. That’s my Christmas gift to myself today.

So here’s hoping that your Christmas day is a good one and that you and yours are doing well. May you be safe, healthy, and happy. And thanks for making SEB a stop on your daily browsing.