Yes, it’s busy. Yes, we rush around to get ready. Yes, I end up with a disastrous kitchen, a messy laundry room, and general chaos in my house every year at this time.
Yes, it is all SO very worth it to celebrate Christ’s birth and be with our families at Christmas.
We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner (for us country folk dinner is at noon) with my parents and one sister and brother-in-law. Then we hurried home to deal with some unforeseen problems in the barn. We had Christmas Eve supper with my husband’s immediate family and later stopped by his Grandma’s to see the whole extended clan. This included JR’s cousin and his lovely wife who’s wedding celebration we’d all attended on the 23rd.
Christmas morning dawned early, 4:30 am early, as I had the first calf shift to allow my regular morning employee time with his young family on this special morning.
Things went smooth, unlike last year when Christmas morning was about 25 below, and I happily took in morning church. It’s always a small crowd, but I love “hearing the bells on Christmas Day!”
We celebrated more with JR’s family for the afternoon and had entirely too much fun playing in the snow. JR even took one of his cousins ice fishing.
That evening at the farm I welcomed two new little heifer calves to the herd. All the babies were pleased with the beautiful Christmas weather.
And Saturday was my big family Christmas. All four of my sisters and their families filled my parents house to the brim with laughter, chatter, and love.
As much as I love it all, I know it’s good that the year is winding down. We’ll stay home to do some cleaning and catch up and wait for 2014.
I hope you too had a blessed holiday. All the best in 2014; I hope you’ll keep reading along with me in the new year.