Friday, December 26, 2008

Well, It's Over

And I'm not sorry. Christmas around here isn't always a happy time - we don't have the storybook Christmas. I tend to look back on past Christmases that were full of fun and laughter and excitement when the kids were younger and looked forward to Santa's arrival. At one time there were 13 around our Christmas table - this year there were 5. It's hard not to think of all those that are gone and also wonder if this may be the last Christmas for some that are left. My Mum will be 87 this year and my Aunt, who is like a second Mother to me, will be 82. Neither one are in the best of health.

This year also marked the first in 29 years that Sandra didn't spend Christmas with us and she was sorely missed. We did go over to Darren & Sandra's yesterday morning to open our gifts and it was so much fun watching the kittens. They were into everything and had themselves a ball. There was sadness too, though, as this is our first Christmas without little Elliot and he too, left a big hole in our hearts.

If you're still with me, I apologize for being so maudlin, but as Rian would say, I'm just keeping it real. Sometimes you just have to tell it like it is.

On a happier note, Santa did come through and brought me one of these:

Guess that means that now I have to cook!


Suzan said...

I am so sorry that Christmas is not a happy time for you. I wish you peace and happiness in the coming year.


Char said...

This time of year always makes me reaffirm the old saying - A daughter is a daughter all of her life; a son is a son till he takes a wife. Christmas is so hard with all those Hallmark moments floating in your head. I just am thankful for the memories I have when they were small!!

Anonymous said...

Yay, it's over!! Happy Boxing day and on to another year. We had 2 around our table last night. We had frozen pizza. And it was good. Beats cooking anyway.

Keep keepin' it real, baby.

SandyQuilts said...

2008 wasn't your best year with Leo's illness and all. On the upside you gained a 'son' and they now live close to you.

2008 wasn't my year either and I'm glad it's all over. 2009 will be "our year".

DH is taking down all the stuff. DD#2 has left to return home. GC are out at the Mall. AND (it's a big AND) it's not snowing, raining or colder than you know what. Plus my quilting studio is still clean (mostly).

Love You

Mary said...

Our Christmases have changed too over the last couple years but I don't seem to mind that much. One son and my DIL were here this year but my youngest always has to work now. Next year, my DIL has already said she wants to spend with her family so we'll probably have a quiet Christmas with just the 2 of us....or maybe we'll go to VA to be with my family or FL to be with Keith's...we'll just have to wait and see.

Hope 2009 is a GOOD year for you!

Jackie said...

Getting divorced resulted in a huge changes for the holidays in that every other Christmas my children weren't with me at all. They are now older and I know it will change once again when they marry and then again when they have their own children. I'm not sure I could ever be fully prepared for that!

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2009. Happy New Year!