Christmas 2010 has already been the most memorable Christmas in many years! For me, Christmas is anytime we can get together during the holiday season. It doesn't have to be on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It's during the season when we can be together and remember why we are celebrating. Not the gifts, not the commercial part of it - it's family, the memories we make together. 2010 has been one of the best ever!
Having both of my sons together for this Christmas celebration warmed my heart! It's been so long since our youngest son, Jeff, and our daughter in law, Kim, were home for Christmas, oh my, I could hardly wait until they arrived! We celebrated a week early, but Christmas is when we celebrate it during the season together. (Our daughter and her family had prior commitments.)
This time together were the best four days I've had in a very long time. We watched our three youngest grandchildren in their School Christmas programs, and our eldest granddaughter sang a solo, without accompaniment, "Happy Birthday, Jesus." She was right on key and sang beautifully. It was the only solo of the entire program! And, she kept it a secret from Grandma. I sat with tears of joy listening to my little Angel!
We then celebrated little Leila's 5th birthday with Mexican food and presents. Her favorite? Playdoh Puppy set. She loves dogs of all breeds! Mommy even made "pupcakes" for her classroom celebration! They were just darling!
Then it was on to our house. We celebrated with a big turkey dinner and all the trimmings on Saturday. Leila helped me make cookies, Auntie Kim helped Elise with sewing lessons, and Isaac stayed with Dad and Uncle Jeff playing games on the big screen when he wasn't making Uncle Jeff's special Star Wars gift (an At At made from boxes and paper towel rolls, tons of silver duck tape and aluminum foil.) Mommy got to take a much needed nap then helped me with the cooking and cleaning, as did Kim when she wasn't teaching (a great multi tasker!) Grandpa took time away from work and watched some TV and made sure everyone was comfortable. He had a great time watching all of the kids, big and small, having a fun celebration. We all talked, played games, and just enjoyed each others' company.
I wish you all a wonderful, fun filled, memorable Merry Christmas! May God bless you all!