The third day of Christmas is associated with St. John, so it is customary to light a lot of candles today and also for the blessing of wine and a time of extra hospitality. As best I can tell, the first Sunday after Christmas Day is the Feast of the Holy Family also. So, today would be a good day to get together with family, or those you consider like family, perhaps even get in touch with one you haven't spoken to in some time.
I don't have a lot of family left and our getting together on Christmas is about the best we can organize, so I am going to take this day to remember those in my family that have passed on, the Christmases we did get to spend together and light a candle for each of them.
Perhaps we should also vow on this day to let our family members know how much they mean to us, before it's too late. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow and I can tell you from experience, way too many leave this world before their time. So, if you still have your family, cherish them and let them know it. Don't save it for Christmas.
For those of you who regularly read my blog, I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship, even if you don't comment. But for those who do comment regularly, or even just rarely, you'll never know just how much you help me sometimes. Your sense of humor, understanding and encouragement do much to push me forward and keep me from feeling very alone sometimes. I can only hope that you get as much out of this blog as I get from you.
I also know there are a few of the guys that I work with that read and you guys are like family to me in a very real way. I know if I ever need anything there is always at least one of you I can call, who will be there to help. I can always depend on ya'll.
So! For today, "Wassail (good health)! I drink to you in the spirit of love!"