We are experiencing a little bit of a change this year when it comes to Christmas. For many years we have hosted our family in our home for Christmas. Our youngest daughter was always home and some years our oldest would come with her family. My parents would come and spend the day here. Well this year things have changed. Our older daughter will not be home this year for Christmas. Our younger daughter has invited us to her home for Christmas Eve dinner. My parents will join us. We are going to stay overnight with her rather than drive 40 minutes back and forth to our house. Then on Christmas morning we are all going to my parents home to spend the day. Our daughter E and I are going to prepare a nice breakfast at my parents house and of course we will help with dinner preparations. It is a little weird to not host everything ourselves. I have always considered myself open to change and think I handle change well. Another thing that changed this year is that we decided to draw names. Now here is an area I am not doing so well with. I have to admit to buying stuff for everyone. I did contain myself to our immediate family only and just bought for the person in the extended bunch that I had drawn in the pool. Sigh… So this year things will be a bit different but we don’t always have to do things the same way every year to keep the spirit of Christmas alive. It doesn’t really matter where we are or who cooks the dinner, as long as we are together. We will have to make due with phone calls to H and her family and to my siblings and their families, but we are kind of used to that. We are spread out all over the country and it is not always possible to get together for Christmas. It will still be awesome. My Mom will watch the Queen’s message as always and we will use the good china and have a great turkey dinner with Mom’s mince tarts afterwards. Of course a bottle of Bailey’s at the ready! So, different but the same!
I want to thank you for reading this and I look forward to working on this blog in 2017. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!