Tis the time of year to reminisce about the year gone by and the traditions we have kept in the past few days.
The short story:
As a church musician, my celebrations are intertwined with everyone else's desires for a meaningful Christmas Eve. Every year is different.
The long story:
My daughter remembers each Christmas celebration because they are unique! We've celebrated with real trees, artificial trees (large and small), poinsettias, and hand crafted replicas. The most memorable was a craft paper tree (green,"lifted" from the supply room at school) taped to the wall. Ornaments cut and pasted on it, and made very "life-like" with markers (HO HO HO).
We've celebrated on Christmas Eve (late) and Christmas Day (late, usually), and at everyone else's house, and in a hotel. We've had guests from 2,000 miles away and from 6,000 miles away. We've had just the two of us (like this year). We tried Skyping but not with success.
This year I chose to vacation up to the end of October, and paid dearly for it during November and December. When I walked in the door at 9:45 PM on December 24th the sweetest gift was my husband decking the table with Cornish Hen (full meal) and flowers. He also placed and lit 7 luminarias (paper bags) in the driveway. He's SUCH a keeper!! Today (3+ days later) I'm starting to feel human again. Planning for the future and all that!!