We are two-thirds of the way through our 2011 Christmas celebration. Our kids began arriving on Tuesday and by Friday night all three were here with their significant others and various pets. Our house feels a lot smaller.
Yesterday, Saturday, we gathered in the church basement for my parent’s Christmas. I don’t think you could call us a close family, but we have kept up the tradition of coming together at Christmas time to celebrate mom’s birthday and Christmas. We eat together, sing carols, watch as the younger children receive gifts from their grandmother, eat some more, and spend some time catching up. This was the first time in a number of years that all of our kids were able to be there.
Today, we went to church and reflected on the gift of Christmas, described in God’s love letter to us. A big Christmas lunch followed. Both turkey and ham, the amazing mashed potatoes, two kinds of stuffing, great wine, and more. There were lava cakes for dessert. After cleaning up and some naps we went for a walk through the blowing snow in the bush with two very energetic dogs.
Right now, It’s just before 8 pm. There is a game of Risk going on behind me with more than a little bit of blue air being created. Daughter J is playing a computer game. At least two people are sound asleep. Mostly, it feels peaceful.
Tomorrow, its J’s family Christmas and then off to Toronto to get the travelers close to the airport for their Tuesday morning flights. J and I will do some shopping during the day with J and M.
So far, Its been a good Christmas. We are blessed.