At this time of year it's natural for people to reflect on past years, contemplate what's in store for the coming year(s), and start thinking about any changes they may want to make in their lives. I know I personally spend a lot of time between the Celtic New Year (November 1st) and the official New Year thinking about things in my past, present and future. I suppose having my birthday during that time probably contributes to the fact I feel reflections, contemplations and thoughts of the future are necessary this time of year. With the events of this past year - in particular those of the past few months - still clearly felt in my family, this year especially has been one where I have spent a lot of time just thinking. I have especially found myself dwelling on past holidays. It's OK though, I don't plan on taking trips down memory lane in this post. Apart from anything else, that would take way too long and make this post longer than my longest "essay" style posts from the past, and I'm sure right now most people don't have the time to read those really long and rambling posts. Anyway, amid my musings I all but ignored the blogs, deciding instead to sit and think in between watching Christmas movies and eating sweet mince pies. I sorted out a few things in my head that I needed to sort out, made a few plans I needed to make, blah, blah, blah. So, basically what I'm trying to say here is... Sorry I've not been around the blogs properly lately, but I've been wrapped up with some things I've needed to think about, and watching Christmas movies. Oh, and from time to time I've managed to get some sleep too, but only in short naps. That's the trouble with thinking. It makes switching down to go to sleep impossible, so contributes to making an already irregular sleeping pattern even worse than it was before you started thinking.
I know that some people find this time of year difficult, and that others who might not have before hand may have had something happen recently to change that. Those people have been - and will remain - in my thoughts. I'm not really the praying kind, or they would also be in my prayers. But I want you all to know that I'm thinking of you and your family at this time, and that - for those of you in need of it - I am sending you hugs. I would do more if I could, but all I can do is offer thoughts and hugs. If the holidays are hard for you, then please know that there is someone out there who is thinking about you, especially if you are going through a tough time at the moment.
Also, if it's as cold with you as it is here, then please try to keep warm!