Several years ago, I started writing our Christmas memories on a spare Christmas card from that year to save them. I added girls' letters to santa and 'his' reply. Now, I have a nice collection of sweet cards and memories. So, I took a moment to do that again this year. It's my way of counting the blessings. I had printed my girls' art work to make them into cards along with some photos. I wrote down meals we shared with some dear friends, old and new. We had a delightful time celebrating Christmas. Opening presents and lighting Advent candles. Caroling in the hospital, skating and sledding. Hay ride and phone calls from loved ones.
We shared a lovely evening celebrating Epiphany (three kings day) with one of our lovely new friends. Our girls dressed up like the three kings and we made up 3 small packages to bring. Our friends and their darling girls prepared a feast and helped us learn about The Epiphany, singing and a game to find the missing wisemen, which we all enjoyed. I cherish those simple little moments where I feel connected with my girls, sharing in the joy of acquiring knowledge and trying something new.
Looking back at this year, we are reminded over and over that friends and family are the blessings of this finite life. Sometimes, not having family close by can get lonely especially around holidays. I have mentioned in my blog before how I used to have temper tantrums around Christmas.
Well, I am happy to tell you those days are over now.