Friday, December 24, 2010

'Twas the Night before Christmas

It is Christmas Eve, 2:45 until Christmas!! It is finally here! YAY!!

I have really been looking forward to the holiday season this year. My home looks all festive, with lights and new additions to my ornaments. My present from my daughter was a bag of new things for the tree. Including a new tree topper. An angel, similar to the one we use to have - though this angel is in a red dress. (The old angel wore gold.) I really am surprised, as I never would have bought red for the topper. But the more I look at it - the more I LOVE it!

Then today my mother gave me some ornaments from the old family tree. Including a few that I adored as a child, and two bells from my mother's childhood. My tree now has ornaments from three generations, representing first daughters in my family. (My mother, my daughter and myself.) How awesome is that?!?!?!?

It sure has been a good lead to the big day. Despite my not feeling well; my heart has been filled with joy. Watching Christmas movies. Decorating. Spending time with my daughter. What an awesome end to the year.

Today my home smelled like Santa's Kitchen. (lol) I baked an Oreo Cheesecake. Lemon cupcakes with creamcheese icing, and of course made the dressing for tomorrow's turkey dinner. Which, by the way, will consist of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato, baby carrots, broccoli, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls.

Boy o' Boy, there is sure going to be some good eating tomorrow. lol

It will be nice to spend the holiday with family. I am soo excited. Good eats, good drinks, good company. :)

At the end of the day, for me, that is what this season is all about. Feeling and embracing the love and joy, which surrounds you. It really isn't about gifts and the commercialization of the holiday. It is about being surrounded by people you love. Sharing good food. Having good cheer. Laughing. Making memories.

We must also remember that this day is about the birth of our Savior; Jesus Christ. This is what we celebrate. We rejoice as children under God, to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday, and each other a Merry Christmas.

I also believe we should take a moment to remember those who are alone, those who are hurting, those who are suffering, those who are ill, and those who are not able to be home for the holidays. There are a lot of people in the world, for whom the holidays are a painful time of the year. I think we should take a moment to honour them.

Tomorrow I will be lighting five candles.

- One for the birth of my savior, Jesus Christ.
- One for loved ones who are no longer with us.
- One for those who are suffering through this season.
- One for Soldiers who are away from their loved ones.
- One for the dawning of a New Year.

Many Blessings & Merry Christmas!