As I write this on Christmas day, thirteen of our favorite people in the whole wide world aren’t even here yet, but already it’s been a blessed Christmas. A bittersweet one, since it’s our first Christmas without my mom. And yet, my heart is full of joy and happy memories.
We celebrated with Ken’s mom and two of his brothers Christmas Eve. Our fun tradition the last few years has been to go out to eat together and then to a movie. The one we watched last night got unanimous thumbs down (and I’m not even going to tell you what it was because I can’t recommend it because of the awful, AWFUL language) but we had fun laughing about how bad the movie was, and we had fun talking about how it could have been made so much better. Mostly if there had been even a glimmer of the hope God offers hurting people.
Tonight we went to my dad’s house for a quiet Christmas supper of soup and crackers. I don’t know how the tradition started in our family, but for as long as I can remember, it’s not quite Christmas till we’ve shared a humble pot of potato soup! I wept while I chopped onions and peeled potatoes, just missing my mom. But I smiled, too, knowing that she is celebrating with the One we are merely celebrating about. The plan was to go through eight boxes of family photos after supper. We got through one. But it was fun remembering and sharing the stories and the smiles.
A special treat this Christmas has been having our oldest son here for a few extra days as he transitions from Seattle to a new job in Houston. We celebrated his purchase of a new car with ice cream a few nights ago!
Tuesday, the rest of our kids and grandkids will begin arriving and things will get wonderfully crazy! I can hardly wait to see these precious faces—and hopefully get a new photo with all seven grandkids lined up on the sofa. Then my Christmas will be complete!
What was your favorite moment this Christmas season? Whether you had a holiday full of joy, or one that was touched by sadness, I hope you felt the tender touch of the God who loves you more than you can possibly imagine.”