‘Tis the holiday season and what a joyous time! I love the excitement that the kids have for Christmas, Santa, baking cookies and even the extras that we do. This year my husband is off on Christmas morning. He and his brother swap each year for who goes in to feed the cows. Although we never mind waiting for dad to get home, it is nice on the Christmas mornings we get to wake up together and enjoy our morning.
On Christmas Eve we always go to Christmas Eve Mass, come home to eat dinner, hang our stockings, put out the carrots for the reindeer and cookies and milk for Santa. We don’t have a chimney, so we hang a key on our front door so Santa can get in that way and do what he needs to do.
On Christmas morning we have cinnamon rolls and — before Christmas festivities start — we have a birthday to celebrate. Ten years ago this Christmas I found myself in the hospital having a baby three weeks early. It was the biggest blessing to deliver a baby on the same day as our Lord Jesus’ birth. I felt very blessed and privileged, and needless to say, it was the best Christmas present ever. We celebrate his half birthday in the summer and then give him one gift wrapped in birthday paper to recognize it on the actual day.
Then it’s on to stockings, reading Santa’s letter that he leaves and finding what is in the big Christmas bag. I always have to mail back the big sack he leaves at our house. The holidays are such a beautiful time to reflect on the important things and what really matters.
Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!