Holiday Expectations

I am a day late but I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas from my home to yours! I was hoping this year would be a normal Christmas but, expectations do not always come to pass.

All the kids and grandkids were supposed to make it to our house for Christmas day. The day before Christmas our son called and we found out our daughter in law was not feeling well and had pneumonia.

We did make it to my parent’s home for Christmas Eve and it was a house full of laughter and love. Four generations all under one roof; make for a very special evening. Food, games, gifts and fun were all rolled into 5 hours and is a memory to be treasured. Watching my dad, who just turned 89 and my mom, watch their herd of great-grandchildren was a blessing.

Before we left their home to head back to ours I received a call from son #2….we found out the second daughter in law had stomach flu. We told my sister to make sure and come for dinner on Christmas day as we had a 17# turkey that was way more than we needed for 4 adults and two children.

My husband informed our 10 year old grandson that he would need to eat 2 1/2# of turkey. The grandson did not miss a beat and replied, “I can eat 2 1/2# of pumpkin pie!” (And I think he really could!)

Christmas day came, my sister joined us, we gathered around the table, joined hands and gave thanks for family with us and family that could not be with us. The day was a blessing. We laughed, we talked, we ate, we did a zoom call with those not able to be there, and presents were opened. (some of them were opened.)

There will come a day in either January or February that the rest of those gifts will be opened when we attempt to all gather again. My husband has decreed the tree will not come down till that event occurs….good thing it is an artificial tree!

The photo above is the aftermath of a Christmas well spent….a Christmas where the true meaning was celebrated and gifts were a by-product. It is good to be reminded to be grateful for what we do have. We had a day with our oldest son and his family and my sister….and that was a true gift.

May this day find you feeling blessed by the love of family and friends. May your holidays be wonderful even if they do not turn out like you had planned. May you know the blessing of Christ’s birth and the grace of God.

Merry Christmas!

 “Love without motives.
Give without expectations.
Forgive without conditions.”
Unknown

24 thoughts on “Holiday Expectations

  1. peggy says:

    Plans sometimes do not pan out. It sounds like you did experience some Christmas cheer. My family had a wonderful Christmas day. Of course my family is smaller than yours. Hope you have a Happy New Year and enjoyed seeing all your loved ones soon.

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  2. Sheila says:

    Merry Christmas dear friends…we did have our Christmas so far as planned this year with the MN trek coming this weekend God willing but we get it as this was our thanksgiving this year…. Love you and all your family!!!

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    Our 4 generations began with my Aunt and ended with my grandkids. My dad didn’t make it because he can’t manage steps anymore. At least all 4 of my daughters made it this year. That made me happy. I hope you d-i-l’s are better. I’m sure it will be a grand celebration when you do get them all together – Christmas can be any day. Wishing you a year filled with blessings.

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