Sometimes it happens for no good reason. As holiday festivities swing into gear, I find myself more melancholy than merry. Feeling lonely, even when I’m not alone. Going through the motions, in hopes that a spark of cheer will find good kindling and warm my mood.

Several of my friends and neighbors have had a Bad Year this year. Death, illness, divorce, scandal, misfortune, financial woes, pessimism about our country and its leaders – it’s completely reasonable for these people to scale back on the merriment while hoping that the New Year will bring a fresh page that will fill with a happier chapter in life.

I’ve got no reason – I’ve had a really Good Year, full of love, health, nature, music and laughter. New friendships made, and old friendships resumed. My business has done well. I would feel blessed to have another year just like this one (except perhaps without a root canal). Perhaps I’m expecting too much – why should I expect Christmastime to be a step up from a life already filled with celebration and wonder?

This season, I will carry on with the activities that make up my holiday traditions. Perhaps a spark of cheer will warm my mood. But I also will seek a better understanding of – and quiet appreciation for – the birth of a Savior.

Merry Christmas

I’m sharing a link to a beautiful video of the King’s College Choir, Cambridge, singing for Christmas Eve services in 1992. It’s quite a long video – I hope you can find time to enjoy it. https://youtu.be/hNg6Nv1Ey8Y

Written by Margaret

Sounds Like Fun - Nashville is a labor of love - my love for Music City, Middle Tennessee, and experiencing the best that our area has to offer. In recent years, I've developed an informal following among my friends and professional colleagues. People ask me what I've got planned for an upcoming weekend – or seek advice about good activities for showing visiting friends or relatives around the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Even though there are other sites with event calendars, I think followers of my blog can expect some extra insight into goings-on that would suit ‘most anyone seeking to experience the diversity of fun and interesting things to do around town. I'm always on the look-out for good places to walk my dog. Maggie is a 10-year-old mixed breed shelter dog who still becomes comically ecstatic when she sees me pick up a leash. She's my inspiration to start a page featuring great dog walks around Nashville.

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