My family Christmases have always been small as far as people go. It's always just been my parents, my grandparents and me. Over the last couple of years we have expanded to include my cousin and his family and I like this so much! I see all the pictures of BIG family Christmases and I wonder what that feels like! It looks like so much fun! So to get even a small taste of that these last two years has been awesome! Catching up with my cousins and seeing their children is great.
|Celebrating with my cousin and his family|
|My cousin Laura & me|
|Hamming it up for the camera!|
Christmas Eve consists now of my parents, my grandmother and me. We have a big fancy dinner with the Lenox Holiday china and the German crystal. Mom gets the food and I do all the cooking! I love cooking for my family! For anyone really! It's one of my favorite things to do for sure.
|Christmas Eve Dinner|
|Christmas Eve Gifts|
The message of the priest that night was that we should be seekers of JOY. His message was perfect and very timely. Yes, there is so much evil in this world and there are things to complain about - but seek JOY instead. There is so much beauty in this world too! If we all spoke of JOY and happiness instead of giving attention to the bad things, just think of how much more beautiful the world would seem and how much happier and blessed we would feel! Even little things - FIND JOY!
One of the beautiful moments of the Mass was when Max, a 94 year old member of the choir who was also there when I sang with them, was escorted by his grandson to the solo microphone. He sang a beautiful version of O Holy Night. It was wonderful! Everyone clapped when he finished. We ended the night with Joy to the World and then a rousing rendition of Feliz Navidad - one of my all time favorites, made even more special by the environment that night!
Christmas Day was full of preparation for dinner. I love the fact that after years of my mom and grandma having to do all the work, they can now relax and enjoy! It makes it all the more special for me to do the cooking! Dinner on Christmas Day includes my cousin and his wife so I had to put the leaf in my table to stretch it out! It was a long dinner table that night!
|Christmas Day Dinner|
It was a beautiful Christmas and I truly feel blessed! I could not have wished for anything more this year! I hope that you and yours had a blessed season of love and family as well. Remember to seek that JOY!!!
|My Travel, Run, Eat Christmas - Thank you mom & dad for the most thoughtful gift EVER!!!|