It was a quiet holiday...just hubby, myself, and my two sons. My youngest had a nasty cold, and I had told him to stay home and come on Sunday, but Christmas Eve is a tradition for us. It was nice to enjoy a tree this year. I told my son that, in previous years in the old house, the only time I saw the Christmas lights was when I checked to see if they worked...and why the heck did I even bother that. Didn't matter if they worked or not. Couldn't enjoy them. Silly, wasn't it? (Sigh)
We had our usual Christmas Eve spread--chips, dip, buffalo wings for he boys and I, shrimp for hubby, cold cuts, all kinds of cheeses, Christmas cookies, chocolate Yule log cake at midnight. There is a church on my block, and it was wonderful to hear the bells toll at midnight. It 'really' made if feel like Christmas. None of us is doing well financially this year, so gifts were small and from the heart. And, most importantly, we celebrated together.
Christmas has always been about families for me. I loved spending the festive period with all off my family around me. Eating lots of food and all laughing together. After my grandparents died the magic of Christmas was lost for awhile, but with the birth of my sons, I found that magic again. Christmas means family and love and hope. It is a time for families, friends and loved ones to come together. Christmas is always a great time to be happy and be grateful. It's a time of peace and harmony. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, a time of hope and love and wishes. Christmas is a magical time when dreams come true. That's what Christmas means to me.
The only problem I have now is that it passes all too quickly, but it doesn't have to, for Christmas is forever....
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976