Christmas Reflections

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Sometimes it is a blessing in disguise when the winds are gusting cold and brisk at 45 miles per hour.  It forces us to just relax, retreat into the house and reflect on the highlights of the day before.  Monday was such a day.

My husband and I were given the opportunity to sit and reflect on the highlights of Christmas day. Just sitting here now, thinking about it, brings a smile to my lips. I can close my eyes and replay certain scenes in my head and enjoy them all over again.

The day started early with getting the turkey in the oven and the woodstove fired up for the day.  Once that was accomplished my husband and I sat in the dark living room waiting for the rest of the household to wake up.

The two grandkids were first, of course, and came sleepily into the living room, dragging blankets and stuffed animals behind them. They snuggled in close. It is a wonderful thing to sit in a semi-dark living room with a lap full of grandkids, and the warm glow of a woodstove and the lights of a Christmas tree for company.

It did not take long and we were joined by their parents. After that the busy day began.  We did take time to enjoy a hot chocolate party before the rest of the family arrived. (The hot chocolate party was an effective Grandma bribe to get them into bed the night before.)

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Once everyone else had arrived, hugs exchanged, and Christmas greetings given, it was decided to open gifts before we had dinner.  No one was really too hungry anyway, after spending the morning snacking on Christmas cookies, cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate.

Opening gifts is always a bit of a challenge due to the gift labeling system we use in our home.  It has become a tradition that instead of names on the labels on our gifts, we have random stamped images. This started years ago when our sons were small and could not (or would not) leave their gifts alone.

With this system I have my notebook in hand, with corresponding stamped images and names so that everyone gets the correct gift.  Once my sons got older, got married and moved into homes of their own; I thought I would be able to start putting the names on the gifts….not so.  They voted to stay with tradition and the stamped images of leaves, penguins, trees, etc. continues.

Gifts were opened, dinner was enjoyed, rousing games of foosball were played. Naps were taken (not by small children), lego sets were built, cookies were consumed (in mass quantities by small children), books were read, and the day was liberally sprinkled with laughter, good-natured ribbing, and an amazing dose of love that was so tangible that you felt you could reach out and touch it.

 

The only thing that would have made the day any better would have been to have my other daughter-in-law here. She was back home with the stomach flu.

The day was a blessing and was bathed in that love that comes from shared joys, shared sorrows, and shared lives.  it was the joy that comes from being with those you love and that love you back no matter what.

It was the sense of family that is rooted in a deeper truth that there is One who loves us even more than we could possibly love each other.  The love of the One who came to earth so long ago in human form as a baby and gave His life so we might have life eternal.

May the joy of this season remain with you longer than this season is celebrated. May you be blessed by the One who loves you so much.

I am going to leave you with a less than serious ending to this post.  It just seemed fitting that as the Chicken Grandma, I should somehow involve the “girls”(or at least their cartoon counterparts) in this Christmas post.

And may you even be blessed by the silliness of chickens clucking Christmas songs! They may not deserve a standing ovation but they are pretty fun!

Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek;
bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes;
grouped everything and everyone round the Christ

Charles Dickens quotes 

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43 thoughts on “Christmas Reflections

  1. Nelvina says:

    So clever, cute and funny with your chickens! It isn`t Christmas without family get togetherness. Your family is really growing too. Love to see them on FB. Blessings to all!

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  2. susieshy45 says:

    Faye,
    Loved the picture of the son and daughter who managed to find space together on the same chair and get a nap too.
    And the grandchildren seem to be enjoying themselves beyond description. I think Christmas must have an old time charm and a beauty at your place because of the wildfire, family togetherness and fun.
    That you for letting us look at your family.
    Susie

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It was such a good day!
      The son napping in the chair is my semi driving son. He has learned to sleep anytime and anywhere.
      The grandchildren are so good at entertaining themselves. And love having books read to them. I think being on the farm gives the holidays an old time feel.

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  3. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Love your family, and how the whole ‘group’ wraps itself in love. Love the grandchildren, and how comfortable they must be staying in your home. They obviously love you very much.

    But most of all …. love you Chicken G. I’m so blessed to know you and have you in my own life. You bring a certain magic which is born in love, and brings with it love, laughter, light, and a special kind of warmth to my heart. In fact … to the hearts of all those who ‘know’ you.

    GREAT post. Fantastic photographs. Immense pleasure gained from reading and seeing.
    Sending much love ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Margie says:

    Love the chickens – reminds me of that iPad app where you guess the words – Chicktionary.
    We always had to wait for our children to wake up on Christmas morning. Once they were teenagers, we’d wake them up so that we could open presents before lunch time!

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  5. Deb says:

    What a lovely day you had with your family. Love the hot chocolate party!! I love that great big doll too, sitting with them at the table! All the joys of Christmas and family. The Cluck of the Bells is hilarious…did you play it for the girls? And finally…did you EVER find the candy canes? Thanks for sharing your love, joy and family! xo

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      The hot chocolate party was a hit! That is another tea set I found at a second hand shop and the cups are the perfect size for little hands.
      That great big doll is Elsa and is 3 feet tall. My husband found her at the same store as I found the tea set. She needed a little tender care and was then wrapped and given to our Frozen fanatic 3 year old granddaughter.
      I have not played Cluck of the Bells for the girls. I probably should. My youngest son and his wife gave me a toy xylophone to put in the coop for the girls to play with.
      NO I have not found the candy canes! The mystery continues. I asked my husband if we had actually purchased them and he assured me we had so I am not losing my mind….yet :).

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      • Deb says:

        Oh I love that tea set, what a find! Wow you granddaughter must have flipped when she saw Elsa, I did! Lol…
        Oh my goodness that’s so funny, a xylophone…won’t it be a riot when you hear them start to play it…maybe you could teach them Cluck of the Bells…or if they get real good they could perform for any holiday…kinda like the movie Holiday Inn! hee hee
        Hmmm those darn candy canes…can’t wait til you come across them…you’ll have to let me know when you do! 😉

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  6. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Your Christmas pictures warmed my heart so much…especially the incredibly giant Elsa doll. I am so glad that she also likes hot chocolate and thankful that she was invited to the party. The tea set is precious! I cannot believe that you must surely love tea sets like I do! I think that I previously told you that I still have my most favorite tea set from when I was a little girl! I have it in a very old “secretary” with glass doors at the top (and a key!). I found the piece of furniture in my aunt’s storage building along with some other items that only Mike and I were crazy about! Typical! We have the secretary in our entry hall with my tea set in the best spot. Strange place for a tea set…I know!!! Your grandchildren must be wonderfully fun! I can just visualize you all sitting in the living room with the Christmas tree lights and the wood fire! Such peace in that room!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You will not believe this!!!! I also have a secretary. It came from my Grandma Scholten and used to be up in her attic. I always loved it and when she passed away my folks and uncles and aunts did not have a sale but took turns choosing items they wanted. My Aunt asked if I wanted the secretary or the huge blanket chest. I said secretary and so she chose it and gave it to me! I was in high school at the time. I still love it.

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