Thursday, December 23, 2010

Are you new to a 55 plus community? Will this be your first Holiday in your new community home? You’re not alone.

So here we are. After a year of preparation, tackling the ever-dreaded attic and basement of the home we’ve lived in for all of our adult lives, we made it through. We sorted through bills from the ‘60s, discovered boxes of our children’s old school notebooks, and emptied chests full of holiday decorations and books. We unburied ourselves from years of clutter, and made it here to our new Jensen home, just in time for the Holiday season.
I have to admit, the thought of spending my first holiday in this new community terrified me…how would I ever create the Holidays like I used to in our old, oversized colonial? “I’d have no space”, I’d say. “It wouldn’t feel like home.” “It wouldn’t feel like Christmas!” But the truth is, I couldn’t have been more wrong. While it wasn’t easy accepting that this new phase of my life was suddenly upon me, the reality was that it was here, and I had the choice to either dwell in the past, or make something incredible out of this new life that was before me. I chose the latter.
Yesterday, our children and grandchildren came over for the day to help us fill the new house with holiday cheer. Though we didn’t go over the top with decorations like we typically did in all of the years that my children were growing up, we had just enough greens and red holly to make this new home warm and festive. And, as for the tree, what a painless task it was to put up this year! Purchased from Macy’s and already assembled straight out of the box, it took only a matter of minutes before it was gleaming in the sunroom window. While I admit, I do miss the scent of fresh pine, the ease of creating this year’s masterpiece from three feet worth of pre-lit artificiality, was pure bliss.
Our day was filled with passing through old photo albums, laughing over wine and the blaze of the gas fireplace. We truly enjoyed the ins and outs of our new neighbors and friends, who have become, in just a short time, as close to us as our own family. And though, I wasn’t quite confident at first, we had plenty of space! Everyone was happy and comfortable, and by the end of the day, it really felt, for the first time, like home.
Enjoying the good life,
Get in on it

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