Day 4 I was to journal my Dream Christmas. I did that, using Pottery Barn as the setting. As I was doing this one it started looking too perfect to me. Where were the people? And more importantly, where was the trash and chaos??????? I decided that I really do like my Reality Show of a Christmas instead and am looking forward to another one this year.
Day 5.....Counting Down. I shared this photo earlier, but here it is in a journal entry along with my comments on how this tradition goes back to my childhood. We didn't have a fireplace, so our stockings and advent calendars were hung on our bedroom door. I remember waking up each morning and opening the door on the calendar, then just checking my stocking to see if something came early. It never did. Of course my grandkids get little treats in theirs every now and then. They love chocolate just like their Grandma. Those nuts didn't fall far from this old tree!
Day 6 - Memories of the Best and Worst Christmas. I couldn't think of anything disasterous that has ever happened at Christmas, except Amy's first one where she ate the wrapping paper and we had to take her to all the relatives with green lips and tounge. (You know how bad that kind of stuff is when it's your FIRST kid! I was mortified and ashamed, but now I laugh at it.)
What I wrote about were the two Christmases when my sweet father in law had just passed away and the last year my dad was with us at Christmas. Those have been the hardest times for me. I think of how much they would have enjoyed these years with their grandchildren and now the great-grandchildren. It makes me sad that these kids have missed those years with them. BUT I am so very thankful that both of our moms have come through major back surgeries this past year and will be in good health for this Christmas. We are very lucky to have them.