December 29, 2011
Another Christmas season is on it’s way out. As always, it didn’t really feel like Christmas much leading up to the holidays. Once the kids are older, it’s really not the same. But you know what, I’m kind of liking it. This year I had all the kids for a short period of time on Christmas day. That is a rare occurrence when the kids have multiple families and after they get married. We decided on a big brunch Christmas morning and everyone arrived around the same time to sit down to a huge meal together. It was nice. We listened to stories of some funny Christmas traditions. There were a few “remember when so-and-so snuck out her bedroom window with a knapsack full of beer or was it her sister who took the suitcase to the park with beer in it?” My son-in-law filled us in on a family tradition that they used to pull when they were teenagers. They would each take turns getting up early (3 am early) and hide the younger sibling’s presents so that when they all got up to open presents in the morning, it would seem like Santa had not brought any for the one child. Apparently his older brother did it to him and he in turn did it to his younger sister.
There was traveling amidst the first snow storm of the year (thank you everyone that PRAYED for snow on Christmas day… ) but at the end of the day, it was all about family and spending time together and connecting. You drag your kids from one relative’s house to the next when they’re little and they moan and groan and typically just want to be home with their toys. Now I see my oldest child understanding the importance of these types of traditions and connections and also see how she encourages it with the younger ones.
Soon there will be a little child in the house on Christmas morning again since my oldest is pregnant with her first baby and all the hustle and bustle and excitement will be back. In the meantime, I’m really glad I had a chance to experience a quieter and more laid back Christmas where the focus was on good food, good wine (thank you sister) and good company. May I always be so lucky. I hope whoever is reading is able to enjoy the same and know that all the times you make them participate in the dreaded family events, it really does pay off in the end.