Sunday, December 26, 2010
And Heaven and Nature Sing
A lovely gift from Amanda, of 32˚ North.
A long time ago I figured out that I enjoy the preparations, and anticipation of Christmas. I spent some years doing everything for Christmas day, then found myself worn out, and kind of feeling letdown, because of pent up anticipation, and counting on all the joy being released in one day. I am glad I know better... that each activity, every gift found, and candle lit, every song playing, every cookie baked, every reflection of gratitude and goodwill is Christmas, so that I can enjoy many days, and moments, of celebration and joy.
My new approach has served me especially well this year, because just when the fun and hopes were reaching a holiday climax... I got smacked down with an epic holiday humbug. Max too. We are doggone sick. Really, really meh-yuck.
Frustrating? Yes, and sad too, but not a total loss.
My biggest concern is that we are sending my mother and grandmother away with a lurking holiday humbug, that will smack them down too. And it makes me sad that they are leaving, in search of healthier accommodations. But I understand the need.
So. I console myself. I am glad I did not withhold my happiness, and fun-seeking, for Christmas Day alone. I am glad we saw Kevin B.'s holiday light show, benefiting the Community Resource Center. It was amazing. I am glad we decorated the house, hung lights on the fence. I am glad we made it to the Sniffphony, had a TRON night, and our early, family Christmas dinner. I am glad mom and I shopped together, for food, and curtains, for toys, and clothes, and all the odds and ends that make holidays complete.
And downloading the camera, I see plenty of evidence that we have had a full and merry Christmas. Maybe with another long nap, and some hot tea, I can recover in time to play some more...
And maybe the oven part will come in, and we can bake for Epiphany, or for FRC Launch!
At least we had Trader Joe's gingerbread house kit, and Puder Zucker!
Maria and William decorated a beautiful chalet.
And Alex affixed an addition to another chalet. Always the gingerneer!
Swoon! Look at William's snowman, the snail, the little red capped mushrooms!
God bless teachers, especially the ones that take pictures of our children on the first day of school, and then help them create these glittery treasures! Good thing I thought to clear out Maria's backpack before the new year!
God bless jolly friends...
and good children.
After Santa's visit, we sat with the grandmas and watched "The Snowman." I found this gem while visiting Daughter of the Golden West, a lovely blog, full of delights.
And then we brought out our collection of songbooks, and we sang carols. All of us together... my happiest Christmas memory for sure. Angels We Have Heard on High... Oh, Holy Night. I love Christmas carols.
And then came Christmas morning!
It was Ferris' first Christmas, and he sort of went nuts!
My mommy. And her snug new vest from Alison and Bill.
We open one gift at a time, and we should be done later today... just kidding. We just love appreciating every new gift, every clever present, fun toy!
Rocket engines? Very interesting... what could come next?
"Just what I wanted! How does that happen?!"
That's easy... there wasn't anything she didn't want!
Ah, Santa... how do you know what everyone wants?
Christmas dinner... with fair warning that some of us are under the weather, we arrive at tutu Ruth's home for Christmas dinner. Her lovely home is aglow with
And cousins to play with!
We enjoyed a delicious feast, including nut loaf, and lemon bars, and Holly's healing pomegranate martinis!
William in his Christmas fez, and vest... dashing!
Yes, a full and merry Christmas, and when this bug has been kicked to the curb... we will no doubt continue to make merry and bright.