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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Week Before Christmas

Happy Sunday everyone! I am running around frantic trying to get ready for the holidays. This year is going to be totally different for my family. I am the one who hosts the Christmas Day get together for family and friends. Unfortunately about a month ago my grandparents decided they were not going to be going out to anyones house anymore for the holidays. Soon after that, my aunt and uncle decided they wouldn't be coming over either. Then on top of it all was the realization that my son, who is in the Army and stationed in Iraq is not going to be home either. This drops the gathering down to my hubby, my daughter Amanda, her fiance and myself. Ok, then Amanda announces she has to work the afternoon shift on Christmas Day and we will only be able to see her in the a.m. to open presents. Talk about a tear jerk week for me!

I understand that times change, things have to change and life goes on. But it is upsetting. For the first time in 29 years, I don't have to make a big traditional turkey dinner. I love leftovers! So, now what??? Well, I'm thinking it's going to be a small ham, au gratin potatoes, green bean casserole, and a cherry pie. I still get leftovers out of it, but not on such a grand scale.

Sigh. Next up finish the holiday shopping. Tomorrow will be my final get the groceries, get the gifts and bring them home day. Then it's time to wrap and arrange gifts under the tree, bake the cookies and spike the egg nog.

I hope whatever you do for the holidays will be safe and cheerful. Enjoy your loved ones and please keep in mind those who not able to be home with their families.

Take care, Patti

1 comment:

Lynn Crain said...

Yes, times do change. Any more, we have to schedule everyone around schedules and lives.

Four years ago, my brother and his family moved to Idaho, some 700 miles from me. Then the following year, my father followed them because Nevada reminded him too much of what he had lost: my mother then almost 9 months later the new love of his life.

Suddenly,I'm the matriarch of the family with half of them gone. And what made it worse, I hate Nevada and love the mountains of Idaho. It's made for an interesting few years. LOL!

This year, my oldest son is expecting his first children, twin boys, and my youngest is deciding which college to go to at the moment.

But the funniest part was when we all went to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. My boys whined about not having leftovers as well. Then two weeks after the holiday, we invited the oldest over because we decided to cook a turkey on a Sunday. Plenty of leftovers for everyone! Yippee!

It always amazes me that no matter how much changes, there are still a few things that remain the same.

Have a great downsized holiday!


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