The big day is almost here. We have been counting down the sleeps until Santa comes all month. Can you believe we only have three more? One little boy at my house is sooooooo excited. He can't wait. He told me only Santa can get him a present and he only wants two. I told him that his Dad and I might get him a few and he replied he only wants one. Well in true over the top fashion he is going to be a bit overwhelmed, there are a lot more there than he is expecting. I know I go overboard but I follow in my families tradition here. My parents always made Christmas a very big deal. Even when we didn't have a lot of money, which was most of the time, they scrimped and saved so we all had a very special day. I remember a few of the special presents but most of all I remember being together all day long. Waking up to see the bottom of the tree covered in presents that Santa had spread all around, eating cookies, opening presents, gathering for a delicious meal. It was always so special. I hope my children feel the same about the Christmases in their past, and of course this one, too!
Some lovely surprises have made it to my door from wonderful blog friends. I cherish these special gifts so much as they are from the heart. To send a lovely gift to a friend you have never met is truly special. I thank all of you for your kindness and generosity. The gift of friendship is the best, whether given in a kind thought, a wonderful comment or just taking the time to read a blog post. You are all a gift to me.
This is our official family Christmas card photo. This is who we are, casual, some of us irritated that we had to be ready for the photo at noon on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and me irritated with those who were irritated. A perfect family we are not, but there is a lot of love here.
On the back of the card is this photo of Little Buddy. It is by far one of the best he has ever taken. He was making all sorts of crazy faces and finally I said, could you just think about smiling? Well he put his hand up to his face and thought about it, and this is what I got. He is so darling. Even though he has been over tired and emotional this week, haven't we all, he is still the light of our lives.
Wait a minute, we did get a smile after all!
I hope you are all hanging in there as the big day approaches. For those of you celebrating Holidays dear to you and your families, I wish you love and peace. For those of you celebrating Christmas, lets hope it is as wonderful as we have tried to make it. Just three more sleeps................