My daughter has made it home for a weekend of shopping, holiday hair cutting, and Christmas movie watching, as we prepare for ( dread!) her first holiday away from home. It will be a bittersweet two days, knowing that, come Christmas morning, she will be on the other side of the state celebrating with her boyfriend's family. But I will take this time together, and enjoy it regardless. On Sunday our family is to light the Advent candles at church. This is something we haven't done since our kids were young, playing angels and sheep, wisemen, or the virgin Mary in the children's pageant, and singing oh so sweetly, if not off key.
As I write this blog, Santa Claus is Coming to Town is on, and we are snuggled under Christmas quilts. We have a tradition of watching dozens of holiday movies in this fashion. It is amazing how a bit of Christmas spirit can be gleaned from stories like Scrooged and Christmas with the Kranks! Ernest Saves Christmas has also touched our hearts in a very "Ernest" way.
When the kids were much younger, before the advent of DVDs, we had a tradition of getting a new Christmas story book each year, to snuggle together and read. Sadly, the box of books has since been relegated to the attic. I dream of a time, though, when I can repeat this tradition with grandchildren in my lap, passing those cherished stories to the next generation.
As the weather clears tomorrow, I am planning to reinvent another old tradition, taking a car tour of the local light displays. But that's a story for.....tomorrow night!
A warm country hug to all,