Can’t find the perfect “place” from which to start this essay!!! I love y’all who are with me in this BLOG … friends and family who use this BLOG as a way for us to stay in touch. What does it mean to “celebrate” a Holiday … a Christmas!!! Thanks to Craig, there is a small little tree in my office … and two presents under it!!! Stephie gave me the tree the first Christmas Pete and I were in Denver. The Memories!!! Early Christmases!!! I am trying to remember how we celebrated Christmas when Lori and Craig were young. I know we opened presents on Christmas Morning. I am guessing that Pete cooked the Christmas Dinner … I am thinking that we might have spent Christmases with my mother … and with my sister and her family. I don’t remember … it has all blended together without dates!!!
Christmases changed after the grandchildren came … at first Pete and I stayed with Lori and her family over the Christmas visit. In 2003, Pete bought the place in Wisconsin … on Bonner Lake. Since I had about mid-December to mid-January as my vacation, it became our practice to spend that time in Wisconsin (at the lake!!!) ... and visit Lori and the grands when it was good. I am remembering my starting the habit of one day per grand-child … at the Mall of America … buying whatever they wanted. This habit started early when I realized that I did not know enough about what each would want. I remember the scenes of each of the children trying on clothes, choosing lunch … always that restaurant with all the fish and animals. I loved it — it was my Christmas gift from the grandchildren!!!
Christmas, 2017, we are in Denver!!! Pete was not comfortable going out … so we ate Christmas dinner in the dining room in the Assisted Living complex … and the day after Christmas, Craig and Stephie would bring over a full course Christmas dinner. This year I will eat dinner in our dining room … and I am sure Craig and I will do an appropriate dinner later. We must allow time on Christmas to open presents … I surely hope Craig’s come in time. Love y’all … enjoy time with family and friends … good memories …
Love y’all … Happy Holidays