I love Christmas for the very reason, there is Church opportunities to see friends and family that you haven’t seen for years, family comes from all over to see you, and plenty of food is provided to feed a small army…and then some!
How fortunate and blessed we are to have such a great and wonderful feast. I also must think how spoiled we are in such a nation that we can pay NFL players millions of dollars for a starter season, yet we have people who are struggling to make ends meat. It seems a little back words to me.
This Christmas, we started off with a trip to the Redi-med to get my Anut stitches. (This is a very typical start to a Holiday! For an instance, I cut my hand pretty badly day before Thanksgiving…so TAG Anut…YOU’RE IT!) No stitches from a Red Ryder BB gun…She somehow managed to trip on carpet and gash her head. 6 stitches later…sigh…we could start prepping for Children’s Mass. We ate Italian Beef for Christmas eve and then relaxed as Santa came. My siblings told us that they were going to wait until 9:30am to wake us up for presents…they actually stuck to their bargain!!! As a family gift we received the game “Just Dance 2” for Wii. I must say it really brought the family together! We played it for hours on end and everyone was laughing and carrying on to the point that we forgot poor grandma was still eating in the kitchen! It was my two sisters and I, my littlest brother, cousins–mostly their wives though, my parents, and Anut. (Anut is how I used to write my Aunt Cathy’s cards and notes out because she is a school principal with an english background…she used to get so irritated! I am not the best speller; however I did that one on purpose. It stuck with her now for years and years!)
When people get over the fact that you look stupid while you’re playing the game, you tend to have a lot more fun. No joke we were probably burning so many calories from laughing and dancing that it really wouldn’t matter what we ate! Life is too short to count the calories anyways!
Family is an interesting dynamic. Sometimes it is easier than others to tolerate certain members but all in all they are what they are. “Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” ~Author Unknown. (Couldn’t have said it better myself!) You were chosen by God to be with your family and embrace that! They are the only family you got!
How was everyone else’s Christmas? Any funny stories to share?