Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Another Grand Christmas

This year Christmas came with some
the year has been a difficult one.
I never got my dining room decorated!
That is NOT like me.
But it was a fantastic season, it was not
about the decorating but the time
I spent with family and friends.
It started the day after Thanksgiving
The twins came for a visit.
So the weekend I normally put up my decorations
I did not.
we went to see Santa!
we went to get the tree with my brother, SIL and the twins.
We decorated the tree, cooked great meals, went to see Lincoln.
Before I knew it, it was time to head to
1515 for the annual Christmas week.
Oh how I dreaded going, since cousin
Mary would not be there.
I survived!
Cousin Fred and I went to get the tree
We had another successfull 1515 party
we visited all week
we made Christmas cookies.
 I went to the auction with my friend and
got the most wonderful Pyrex buy for a friend.
Then back to work!
Then it before I knew it
Christmas Eve!
I had to work but got off early
so we headed to my husband brothers house.
Now all the nieces and nephews are getting married,
and oh my what a big crowd.
38 of us!
a wild white elephant exchange!
 Even Mr. relaxed enough that when his SIL
put this goofy hat on his head..he left it
on all night!
The next day we had my brother and SIL for
Christmas Dinner
and the official unwrapping of the gifts.
I hated my dining room was not decorated.
But I remembered, I did not get things
done this year like I wanted to.
But I learned a lesson....
it is not about the decorations, the food,
or how pretty a present was wrapped.
The season was filled with spending time
with family and friends
what more could a girl ask for.


Susie said...

Ann, You are absolutely right. It's the time with family and friends...not all the other's the love shared, not the gifts or food. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. I sure did with my family.xoxo,Susie

Tete said...

It's nice that you figured out the important part of the season. Its the love. Took me a long time to get there. LOL
Glad you had the best Christmas yet. Its those who are with us now that need us the most. Hope your New Year is bright and beautiful like you.

Laura said...

Family is everything :)
God Bless and Merry Christmas!

NanaDiana said...

Ann- You are exactly right- it is about family and friends and enjoying the richness of life. I am glad that you were able to get through without Mary being there- it must have been hard-but you did it. Blessings- xo Diana

Donna said...

So true, Ann! The time we spend with family and friends is the best part! Looks like your gathering was a fun one:)

It's Just Dottie said...

What a large and beautiful family you have. You are very blessed.

sweetvintageofmine said...

What a BEAUTIFUL LIFE!! Embrace family and love them while we is precious! Glad your holidays were wonderful....Happy New Year and many Blessings for 2013! Roxie

ann said...

Life does get pretty complicated sometimes and we let things go. We seem to get caught up in the wrong things, but in end as you say it is really about being with those who we love and it looks like you had a great Christmas celebration. Now we can chill. Happy New Year. I look forward to a new year of A Sentimental Life.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I bet no one noticed that your dining room wasn't decorated. I'm sure they were all focused on your wonderful time together. Happy New Year!!