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Friday, December 19, 2008

My thoughts on Christmas

My Grandchildren River and Ophelia. They are standing in front of our Christmas tree. The tree is small but takes up quite a bit of room in our tiny appartment. I have another grand child, which I am hoping my DH and I can visit sometime during the Christmas break. He is 5 years old and I have not met him yet. It will be exciting to meet him for the first time. I can't wait!


Hi. Yep, I am back already I just wanted to add something to my blog before I go to bed. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I use to dread Christmas time because it is so commercialised. And I have so many wonderful family members I wish I could buy for. I am sure I am not the only one who has ever felt that way. Sometimes we get so busy around this time of year, thinking of all the things that need to be done before Christmas, we forget why we celebrate Christmas. I don't dread Christmas so much now because I realize it's not just about the gifts we give or receive. It is about love, fellowship, sharing happy memories, good food and drink. Seeing family members who live far away is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I look foward to seeing my nephew and his family, who live away at a military base in Georgia (I think hee hee, man I hate it when I can't remember!) They just moved recently from Fort Drum in New York. It is so much fun to see them all and see how much their children have grown. I love it when we gather at my house on Christmas Eve and watch the kids open their gifts and all the adults talking and laughing together.

I do feel sad during this time too, but for only a little bit. I miss all the loved ones who have passed. Christmas is never the same. Each year it is different. Either someone has passed or a new one has been born or that little baby is walking and talking or another friend is added to the family. Even new in-laws or (out-laws tee hee) join the fold.

Oh, no! I did not forget, it is also Jesus' birthday. And that is the gift that God gives to all of us. That gift could never be topped. The great thing about that gift is that we can have it all year round.

I just thought I would share that with anyone who is intersted. Have a great holiday season. It is a blessed time of year no matter what is happening around us. God has given us the ultimate gift. Thank you God.
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