Friday, December 11, 2015

Life

Next weekend the family gathers for a weekend to celebrate Christmas. My three sons will be here, along with my daughter-in-law and possibly one or two other people. We picked the weekend before Christmas months ago so that everyone could be where they needed to be on the actual holiday.

The gathering will be one place setting smaller. But now that I know everyone who can be here will be here, I feel the need to celebrate. I will be baking next week, all the traditional cookie recipes, perhaps a ham, and homemade bread.

She and I went out this afternoon and bought a Christmas tree. Made a fresh cut, got it in the stand, got out all the old decorations and played Christmas carols while we trimmed the tree. It felt like an act of defiance against the darkness. It felt like life.


9 comments:

juvat said...

Such as it can be, we wish you a Merry Christmas. You all are in our thoughts and Prayers.

pigpen51 said...

I can't feel the pain you will feel this year at Christmas, but remember that Christmas is also a time of hope, and of newness. A time of renewal.
Even though your hearts will be heavy with the loss you have suffered past year, the new birth we are celebrating can fill us with hope for the future.
May your future be filled with blessings that run over all cups that you can find.

tim

Dan said...

Amen.

doubletrouble said...

Amen.

Old NFO said...

Amen, thoughts and prayers for the season.

lee n. field said...

BTDT. Christmas shopping's a little different too. "Hey, there's money left!" And then you remember why.

ASM826 said...

This year, I'm using it to pay travel expenses for family to come visit.

Chad Bell said...

You are, and will continue to be, in my thoughts and prayers.

Paul, Dammit! said...

Very glad to hear that you're doing this. God bless you and yours.