Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Creating New Traditions

Merry Christmas!  

This will be the first time in 47 years, that I haven't spent my Christmas with my Mom.  Well, she will be here in my heart.  Growing up our tradition was to have the whole family over for Christmas Eve.  Lots of food, lots of family and lots of love.  Once my sibling's families grew with their own grandchildren, some decided to have their own Christmas Eve traditions.  I still celebrated with my Mom and Dad.  After my Mom had her stroke, I took over the role of hosting the Christmas Eve meal at my parent's house.  I enjoyed it.  

This year, will be the last year for Alan and I to have children at home.  Both of our daughter's will be getting married in 2014.  I know we will gain 2 sons-in-law and they will come home and visit, but my role will change.   

So, I think this is a good year to create new Christmas traditions.  I told our children that I understand that once they are married they will have commitments to their other "side" as well.  I don't want to make any demands on their time, rather celebrate and enjoy them whatever day they decide to come visit.  This year, they will all be here tonight and I am making glazed salmon, wild and brown rice and other treats.   I hope we can adopt the tradition of a Christmas Eve meal here at our little farm.

As I reflect on years past, look forward to the future, I find my heart if full of peace.  I am at peace with the hope and promise we have in the true meaning of the season - Jesus.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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