Gauging by the flatline of inactivity on my blog and the fact that I have at least 348 emails from myself to myself containing blog material, I figured I better get a post in before the world collapses. Or something like that.
Anyway, as it happens every year, Christmas came and went far too quickly. Since I can remember, I've always been sad to see the last gift waiting to be opened because at that point, I know the day we've been preparing for for months is finally essentially coming to a close. (As it is right now, we're a one-shebang kind of Christmas family - we actually are still able to celebrate all together ON Christmas day.) But whether it be a sign of getting old or just flat out fatigue, this year really seemed to last a 'good long time.' I mean, with church and lunch and then gifts and eating again and so on, it was really quite a long-winded festive event. As we're cleaning up, we always comment about what a nice day we've had and how blessed we are, and this year, Michael kept saying, "any Christmas that lasts longer than a work day must be a good one." Indeed it was. We were given far more than we deserve, in more ways than one, and the day with family was an absolute blessing. Probably another possible sign of age, but I actually often find myself enjoying the quiet times of Christmas - my sentimental, nostalgic senses are on overload during the lull after dinner on Christmas Eve when we all just sit by the fire and enjoy each other's company; breakfast on Christmas morning when cinnamon rolls and ham biscuits taste their very best; and Christmas night, when all is well. It's so nice. I'm so fortunate to have and enjoy these times. Makes for good memories.
One thing I forgot to include in the post about our decorations is a new, very special decoration this year. We have several ornaments on our tree dedicated to our animals, but I wanted something that documented them specifically. Enter a kit that can be found at your local Walmart:
So, on Thanksgiving night, we followed the directions, mildly tortured the dogs, and created a lovely keepsake of our furbabies for 2011.
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