MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….. how grateful I am for each an every one of you and your support! When we sing about THIS being the most wonderful time of the year…. it’s true, isn’t it? It’s full of excitement, and sparkle, and family, and anticipation, and gatherings (even virtually)! I LOVE it! This is now my third Christmas with my amazing husband! Remember I met him in November, so almost a whole year with him before we were married!
I think MY FAVORITE memory of this Christmas will be that of my mother. It’s been hard living far away from her, and not being able to get together as much as we’d like. I’ve wondered how she is getting along with COVID and not going about her business as she’d like. I’ve wondered if she’s okay without my dad by her side. Each time I talk to her, she shows me once again that SHE IS A ROCK. She’s always fine, always positive, and always full of wisdom. Oh how I LOVE HER!
I was wanting to go up and visit her early in the month, and do something special for her, possibly with my two sisters. I thought maybe a surprise lunch at one of their homes. But as we started in to the month, my sisters didn’t think it was a good idea, and I would never want to put my mom in jeopardy with her health and COVID and such. So….. sadly I decided not to go. What could I do for her to make her December special?
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!!!! That was it! I went to Target, and thoughtfully chose twelve gifts. She’s a very practical lady, and so I didn’t want to just buy a bunch of stuff! A treat here and there, some cozy jammies, a 2020 ornament, and snuggly socks were some. I came home and wrapped and labeled and shipped her packages. I didn’t think much of what I was doing really…. I mean another box and gift for my mom. It would at least be something.
When she got it and opened it up, she was thrilled to have ALL THOSE GIFTS underneath her tree. She took a picture and sent it to me and said, “I’ve never had THAT MANY GIFTS under the tree just for just ME!” That thought had never occurred to me. When someone gave her a gift, they came, they gave, she opened, and done. NOTHING ever sat under her tree. WOW! As she’s opened up her gifts, she has messaged me to tell me what it was that day. Many of the days she has been brought to tears, being full of gratitude.
I’m SO GRATEFUL that SHE was the one that made MY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! It will forever be a beautiful memory for me to think back on! My MOM is such a strength of ALL THAT IS GOOD! I KNOW my daddy is close by her side and under her roof with her… even though she can’t see him! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….. to my mama and daddy!
This has been a crazy year, that we will all be glad to put behind us! I’m praying that 2021 will be KINDER! I just hope that we won’t forget all the silver linings of 2020. The blessing of more time together was the biggest one. It taught us all what truly was important. We learned to not take our health and relationships for granted! I’m grateful for the PEACE that my relationship with God gives me. It’s through Him that I’ve gotten through many difficult things.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!
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