As it has been rainy and cold these past few days I've spent much time sitting beside a pellet burning stove we have in our basement. It brings back memories of winters past-the creaks and groans of the stove, the smells of the burning pellets. Memories of healing from a difficult and painful time in my life but now that I am on the other side I would not trade for anything. Because through the darkness I found a place of peace. Sitting in the dark yesterday I thought about Christmas and what it was really all about. Although I do not have a lot of gifts to give this year and do not have many parties to attend I am full of love. And that is what the Christmas spirit is all about-love for yourself and your fellow man. Without the pain of the past I would not have learned about love and would have been an empty shell. I hope your holiday season is full of love.