Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

...Robert Frost...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The night before Christmas Eve friends came over for Christmas drinks and I finally felt like it was Christmas. Not a moment too soon!

As a family we had spent the day cooking meals that could be frozen and distributed to people who are sick by our church. That was our christmas community service for this year.

After Christmas Eve church service we went Christmas light looking. I love that the kids are old enough to do this. Long gone are the days of having to race home after church so the kids won't be a tired mess on Christmas Day.

We begin our Christmas Day at church celebrating the real meaning of Christmas. Then home for lunch at our house. One of my brother-in-laws was on call with work so that meant we couldn't go to Mum and Dad's because it was too far away. Gift opening first.

Chaos. No other way to describe it. Other than fun.

Lunch is always ham and turkey and salads. That's the way it's been forever. Not attempt to coordinate a hot meal for so many on what can be a stinking hot day. 25 this year for lunch. And the weather was perfect. We had had a cool, wet and very ordinary summer, but Christmas Day was perfect. Sunny, not too hot and swim weather in the afternoon. Followed by Christmas pudding, pavlova and fruit salad.

Then it was over for another year.

Hopefully next year I will be able to find the balance a lot earlier and enjoy the lead up to Christmas a lot more.

Because, in the end, it is a day of great celebration. The birth of our saviour and the blessing of knowing that we celebrate this occasion with a family who also believe this true meaning.

I have much to be grateful for.

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