Monday, December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas 2017
Just putting the year, 2017, has my mind reeling...so much time has flown by and so many Christmases have been celebrated. We go about all the usual rituals, traditions, and rushing and exhausting ourselves at times, as we've done in the past. I wanted to have all my shopping done by the end of November this year so I could enjoy the season more and spend more time on reflecting the real reason we celebrate. I came close but still had that last minute finishing up. We still did rush about and there were some things I wasn't able to get done. Our trip to Chicago, as I wrote about previously, didn't turn out the way we hoped but still we were able to see family members that we hadn't seen in a while and were able to spend some precious time with Mom. I'm lucky to have her with us and think about all those who aren't here now. Jack's parents, who were such a huge part of our Christmas celebrations when our kids were little, have been gone 17 years and my Dad, who always made Christmas fun when I was little, has been gone 41 years. I talked with Mom today and she said Christmas day has always been sad for her. Her mother died when my Mom was 10 and she died on Christmas day...1936. Christmas was never the same for her and yet, as children, we never knew that it was hard for her since she and Dad made our Christmases full of happy memories. I would guess that none of us remember every gift we've ever received but once in a while one or two will have a special place in our memory. One memory I have is about a gift that wasn't even mine. It was my sister's. It was the year she wanted a puppy. We creeped down the stairs super early on Christmas morning and spied a big cage covered with a cloth. Thinking it must be the puppy, she peeked inside. She jumped back horrified. When I asked what was wrong she said she didn't know what was in the cage, but it didn't have a head! We high tailed it back to bed and wondered what the heck Santa had left! It turned out to be a myna bird named Charlie. Not a puppy but he was a member of our family for many years and was quite the character! I doubt I will ever have a Christmas that isn't filled with some rushing about or being tired or maybe not having everything turn out like a Hallmark movie. But there will always be the surprises, the hugs, the laughs and the joy of family and friends this time of year. Many have said that they couldn't wait for it to be over and I know I even mumbled that a bit myself this year...and I'm sorry I did. Time passes much to quickly. The traditions we have created that are unique to our family are important. We attended church yesterday and enjoyed the music and the scripture readings and special talks that were given. They softened my Grinch heart! The gathering today of our family members went great...and was so much fun. Yep, it was all worth it...as it is every year. Merry Christmas everyone! Of course I have to add photos of the day. Not much different than past Christmas seasons..and that's just fine with me!