It's been too long since my last post, and I've thought of you every day since, but the hustle and bustle of the season left my good intentions unfulfilled. It's been a crazy week with last minute gift shopping, grocery shopping, wrapping, Christmas cards, and well.....all the finishing touches. I started cooking on Friday and it's been a non-stop marathon cooking and baking session. We finally finished today about noon. Ah....at long last, we're ready.
In about an hour my family will pack the car to head over to my cousins home. For my entire life, Christmas Eve has been spend, for the first 50 years at my Aunt Betty's house, and now at her daughter's home. For all of us, Christmas begins when we pack the car and make the trip there, to spend the evening with "that side" of the family. Christmas music will be playing as we drive, with anticipation riding high as we await the visit with family members we don't often get to see. Great food and laughter will be had by all.
Now that our kids are grown, we will no doubt reminisce about how it was when they were younger, leaving reindeer food on the driveway, cookies for Santa, and their church Christmas programs. Of course there will be the memories of early morning surprises when they discovered the things Santa left under the tree.
Christmas Day will be celebrated at our home with "the other side" of the family. This has been our tradition for the past 28 years, since our daughter was born. We will again enjoy yummy food, great conversation and the opportunity to create new memories as we also remember the reason for the season!
I hope you all enjoy the traditions your family has created over the years as we celebrate Christmas, and keep in your heart those people who have lost so much in recent events, and all of the men and women in our armed forces who are away from their homes and families in service to our country.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!