This Christmas was intertwined with a mix of emotions for several reasons. So much change has taken place in the last few months. Good and bad. I haven’t gotten adjusted to being without my nieces and nephew because they have been a part of my household and life for so long. But hopefully in time, this new normal will prove to be a positive thing.
The magic of the season is in the Spirit of it all. Spending quality time with family and friends, sharing fun, food, and of course love. We can never forget that Jesus is the reason for the season either. Life gets so hectic at times that it actually feels good to stop for a minute and enjoy the quiet.
On Christmas morning, not too early, I made Cinnamon rolls for breakfast and coffee. My mom opened her gifts earlier in the week. I bought her a tablet and a cute little heater she had been eyeing. I gave my sister a tablet too. My brother doesn’t know it but I want to get him a cell phone this weekend. We ate a light lunch and just relaxed most of the day. My son opened his gifts a little later.
When my niece, Zy came over, she was so surprised by all the gifts we had for her and her siblings. She wanted a car, a bike, dollhouse, and baby alive. She got them all and more. I am her God mother and Auntie so I went above and beyond for her especially since I missed her birthday on the 10th. She has played all day long. She also got her own tablet. She knows she will always have a special place in my heart because I (and my mom) was blessed to raise her most of her life.
Also, I was able to bake cookies and cakes and half the usual Christmas dinner with my sister masterfully cooking the other half. I started 3 days before Christmas so I wouldn’t have to cook on that day. My momma prayed over our food and we fixed plates and sat down to eat with Christmas movies playing. We have never been a sit down at the dinner table family since I was a kid. Everything was absolutely delicious.
For me, it’s not about gifts or just food but it’s about enjoying your family, taking time to stop, breathe, and thank God for all you do have right now. It’s a time to be grateful for the birth of the Son of God. It’s a day to remember God’s grace and mercy upon your life. I’m so happy to be at a place in my life where I’ve found peace, and I’m surrounded by love.
Yes, because I did way too much, my body has betrayed me due to fibromyalgia. I’m hurting bad, have some swelling and fluid in my joints. But you know what? It was worth every second I spent in that kitchen cooking and in the floor putting toys together and wrapping them. The look on her face and light in her eyes brought back the magic of Christmas I remember feeling as a child. I loved it! I hope her siblings and my granddaughter felt the magic.
So, I’d like to say I hope everyone had Merry Christmas and all those displaced experienced the gift of rest and warmth this year.
Happy Holidays and here’s to a prosperous and Happy New Year for us all!!
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