Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Saturday, December 12, 2015

12/12/15 RMB Holiday Magic

12/12/15 RMB Holiday Magic

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

The holiday season has brought a chill to sunny Southern California. The scent of fires burning in fireplaces and warming hearths fills the evening air. Snow touches down on the mountain tops.

White snowflakes swirl around dancing penguins with snowmen, Christmas trees and red poinsettias painted on most storefronts. Everything is on sale, or so it seems.

Relatives visit and others call, sending good cheer. Magic is plentiful this time of year, in smiles and hugs, glances and nods. The falling rain sparkles, reflecting colorful lights around rooftops.

Memories are made. Traditions are upheld, or challenged.

The pessimist in me wonders if all this wintertime togetherness was started simply to help us stay warm, and fed too, by shared meals.

It works. The magic, known by many names, warms the heart all the same and fills the soul, well fed indeed.

Good cheer to all and to all a goodnight,

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