Time moves so fast at the end of a year. It’s only 24 days to Christmas eve. Then I’ll get to see the generations come together at my sister’s house and we’ll enjoy each other one more time before we part to lead our separate lives for another year. I love this time of year. It’s an ending time; time to mentally wrap up 2013, time to look out of windows and reminisce.  Time to research my father’s family genealogy (why didn’t you care about this dad?)

It’s a current time; time to party, cook pots of soup, make Christmas cards, browse catalogs and order Christmas gifts, carol at the local hospital and senior residences, rehearse for the Christmas program at church, decorate the house.

It’s a futurizing time; make plans for the BIG vacation to Germany next spring, collect information about the sites we’ll see, buy a German phrase book, plan gifts for the houses where we are guests in Hermann’s sister city, Bad Arolson.