The 25th_Part 1

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Certain retailers began stocking shelves with Christmas stuff in July. Four months from today is Christmas.

When you read that Christmas is four months from today did you immediately feel

A) Excited

B) Ambivalent

C) Mad at me for reminding you

D) Anxious

E) Most Of The Above (I would think ambivalence stands alone)

There is a whole lot I love about Christmas.  I love that my Savior truly is the reason for the season.  It matters not to me that His birth probably didn’t take place on December 25th.  I know there is the ever present commercialism.  But I still love Christmas.

Our Christmas celebrations have evolved as our family has changed.  We are forging ahead with new traditions because the dynamics within the family has changed.  Our kids are older, one is married, some are engaged and the other families’ celebrations must be considered.  Our parents are gone.

This is not the first time we’ve had to adjust.  We moved south 28 years ago so that in itself was a radical difference.  From cold, snowy Christmas Eves to warm, often humid ones.   No more getting together with MOMD’s family because none live here.  However, one of his sisters and her husband now spend Christmas with us and how we treasure that!

Last year I made Gratefulness Jars but I was finishing them up the day before Christmas.  It was a fun project but of course took longer than anticipated.

I WILL NOT be finishing and wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve Day.  Will not.  I have friends who’s gifts are purchased or made and wrapped by November 1.  That won’t happen either.  If it does THIS woman will be doing the happy dance.  I am shooting for December 10th. Suggestions on how to work toward that would be greatly appreciated.

I’m choosing A.  I am excited about the approach of Christmas.  Time enough for anxiousness if I decide to let some of the joy dissipate.

How about you? Are we still speaking?

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  1. Amy Turon says:

    Yes, the Christmas traditions have evolved as the children have grown and now there are 5 grandchildren. For our family, it’s all about getting together as a family. We live on 4 opposite sides of the US (NY City, San Francisco, Arizona, Arkansas, Jacksonville, and Bradenton). This year, one daughter will just have delivered a new baby, so we are going to meet close to her house so that she can drive to the family holiday. We are renting a 6-bedroom home in Branson, MO for the Christmas holidays. Everyone comes, everyone cooks, everyone plays games, and we forgo gifts except for the little babies. Our gift to each other is family time together. So yeah, I’m REALLY excited about Christmas!!

    • Cindi says:

      Amy, how wonderful those times must be! And it is a great thing that your grandkids have the time with cousins. You’re right when you say your gift to each other is family time together. Looking forward to the pictures!

  2. Cathy says:

    Don’t forget the Christmas music starts at the Labadie’s on 11/1….If Bruce hasn’t left you by now, I guess it is true love!!!! Merry (almost) Christmas..thinking that I am the first for holiday wishes. Love to the family!

    • Cindi says:

      You definitely are the first and oh, yes November 1st is coming. Yep, he loves me and I’ve actually caught him humming along.

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