Our Christmas season has been a little discombobulated this year. We’re not spending it at home, and although we’re looking forward to going to Texas and seeing that part of the family and spending Christmas with them…. we have SO many traditions that center around our family here, that things seem a little “off.”
We forgot to cut snowflakes for the windows – the first time we’ve EVER forgot- I thought Kaity was going to cry when we figured out what was “missing.” We have a tiny, little Charlie Brown Christmas tree – but we still got most of our favorite ornaments on it. We did very little Christmas baking – which is something I REALLY miss. Delivering cookies to our friends is one of our favorite traditions. And, I’m just not going to get Christmas cards out this year.
Even harder, my sister and her family had to leave unexpectedly to go out of state to see my BIL’s father, who is very ill in the hospital. They won’t be home for Christmas, either – so, now we really feel bad about leaving Grandma and Grandpa this year.
So Christmas is different this year – but that’s okay. As important as all our Christmas traditions are – I think this year we learned we may just put too much importance in them.
When we have had to let some of them go for a season, we remembered the real reason for Christmas.
We’re like the Who’s in Who-Ville, the tall and the small… We know what Christmas is really about – we can celebrate the birth of our Savior in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, AND, we will still be blessed to be with family. We’ll be thinking of and praying for our family here… but we are looking forward to seeing our Texas family and having lots of fun and adventure when we get there. I’m very excited just to have six days straight to spend with all of my own little family. With school, and college, and work, things have been busy and hectic this year – a while ago we weren’t even sure we would all be able to get a week off – but God is good, and we all have a week off, and we’ll be together.
So – with LOTs of excitement, I’m packing up this last bit of Christmas knitting – one last project that wasn’t finished in time to make the shipping box last week with all our other gifts – and we’re leaving this Friday for a Texas Christmas! These Cashmerino wrist warmers are for Lilly – just a made up 4×1 rib, simple pattern, but they are SO soft, and I’m sure she’ll like them. I wanted something she could wear, and still play her flute – these should fit the ticket.
I probably won’t post between now and Christmas, so I wish all of you, my friends, a very blessed Christmas and my wish for each of you is that you spend your holidays filled with love and family.