Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Day

Christmas is strange without children.

We actually had our celebration and visit from Santa on December 11, since all of the kids (except Conor, of course, whose parents are sticking it out so far) all went to spend the holiday with their other parent. We've enjoyed pleasant, stress-free days the last week and a half, filled with music and baking and friends, while everyone else counted down the shopping days.

Christmas morning didn't really feel Christmas-y, without children clamoring outside the door for us to wake up and take them downstairs. I watched several Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas specials, which helped the mood, but it wasn't until later that day that things really got festive.

A family in our ward invited us to spend Christmas evening and dinner with them. We had such a fun time being with a family, helping in the kitchen, serving children's plates, cracking jokes, and eating some juicy turkey with all the trimmings. Then they had their family present opening, and lo, and behold, there were presents for US under the tree! Each of the grown children's families had brought us gifts! We were flabbergasted! We really felt like part of the group. And I was touched to look around the room and see the others included in the group: the husband and wife (who invited us originally), her five grown children and their families, her aging father, and even her ex-husband (who is father to several of the kids), and the girlfriends of the two unmarried children. And us. Definitely the Spirit of Christmas.

We missed our own little ones, for sure, but got to talk to everyone on the phone, along with siblings, parents, grandparents, and friends. Hope your holiday was warm and cozy too. I wish we could have ALL been together. All of us.


Corey~living and loving said...

cute photo. :)

OH and I haven't felt like it is Christmas this year as the "normal" visiting didn't happen. Changing traditions or just not being around the ones you usually are on a holiday surely makes it strange.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Darling picture. It's got to be hard having to share your children. But, what a wonderful family to have been able to be a part of!

Sharis The Bunny said...

Jenna, MERRY CHRISTMAS! We miss you terribly, I can't wait to see you in March!

Your family is gorgeous, I can't believe how big the kids are getting! Lindsay looks like a carbon copy of her stunning Mom, of course! :)

Hey, I have something for you, a belated Christmas gift that was sent to me for YOU! Can you drop me an email or give me a call tonight, please? Ethan and Hunter and my dad (he's visiting) are having Boys' Night Out with some of the other local guys, they're going to see "I Am Legend." I'll be home all evening, or you can drop me an email.

I love you!

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

That would be so hard...glad you found so much joy in the season regardless. ~hugs~

Luisa Perkins said...

You're so great at finding the good. It sounds like a lovely, if imperfect, day. Kisses!

Annette Lyon said...

What a great attitude you have. It would be tough to have the kidlets gone, for sure. Great picture--and so glad your day turned out Christmas-y!

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen said...

Thank you for sharing the strength of your spirit and for reminding us that Christmas can be good even if all is not as we wish.

Josi said...

What wonderful people to extend their crew when yours is gone. I'm glad you got so much joy out of the holiday, I can't imagine mine being any different than it is every year, so it's hard to wrap my head around a child-free one, I appreciate the new perspective and so appreciate your honesty.