Just the other day I felt a sort of giddiness begin to well up within me.  It was a bit unsettling, although not an unpleasant feeling.  I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this incredible desire to begin laughing.  So, I did what all reasonable people do, I began to laugh.  At first it was just a little rumbling kind of laugh, but as I continued the laughter grew and grew until it almost produced a snort.  As I continued to laugh I grew increasingly aware of several pairs of eyes staring at me.  Then, they too began to laugh.  After several minutes someone finally said, “Why are we laughing?”

 

I’m not entirely sure,” came my honest reply.

 

“Then why don’t we stop?” someone commented.

 

“Because we can’t!” I responded.

 

My intelligent child chimed in, “Of course we can.  All we have to do is set our minds to it, and stop.”

 

For one brief moment the room became silent as we pondered his intelligence.  But then it exploded once again with laughter.  We giggled and laughed until we became nearly exhausted. The laughter died out after awhile into several sighs.  Eventually the room cleared. I secretly think everyone needed to get up and use the bathroom after all that laughing.

 

It felt really good to laugh together.  While we were laughing there seemed to be no stress in our lives.  The only stress was trying to hold it in (in more ways than one if you get my drift).

 

After my final sigh I began to think about the things that make me joyful.  Christmas music makes me joyful.  Decorating for the holidays makes my heart sing.  Sitting by a cozy fire warms my insides as well as my outsides.  A lot of the pictures that came to my mind involved winter.  It could be that is because we’re in the midst of it, even though we have yet to get even a spattering of snow.  Or it could be that deep inside I want this to be the best Christmas yet.

 

Christmas morning will not find us watching one another opening presents this year.  It will be a mad dash to stand in the long lines at the airport for our flight to California.  We will be staying there for several days and it seems to me that I want to make the holiday season full to overflowing for my children.  I want this to be the year that they look back on and say, “Oh remember when we did this…or that?”  Then they all get that faraway look in their eyes as they recall special memories from this year.