Sunday, December 14, 2008

We may not have it all together, but together, we have it all!

Christmas isn't what it used to be. I've been having a hard time with this lately, but I've come to realize that it won't be that way ever again.  When we were young, Christmas was magical.  Now we're the parents.  Now it's our job to make it magical, so our little one has the beautiful memories and closeness of family that we cherished so much growing up.  Some traditions, as I knew them, are gone forever and it's hard to let them go.....along with the people who made them so beautiful.  But now I have this beautiful little boy who deserves to experience the love, the magic and the tradition that I miss so much.  So, we start our own traditions. We do it a new way. But, we always keep those memories with us to remind us just how much these new memories will mean to Alistair someday.
This year, we will not worry about how many presents are under the tree or how much we spent on them, but we will be thankful that we have each other, we have a home to call our own and we have love in our family!  Those are the things I treasure most about my Christmas memories anyway.  I don't remember any particular gifts.  I remember the family times, attending mass on Christmas Eve, placing Jesus in the manger, singing "Silent Night," eating shrimp cocktail while we opened presents and Dad handing out the gifts as we all shouted over top of each other about what we received.  In addition, we will be thankful to God for giving his only son for us. Isn't that REALLY what Christmas is anyway?! And shouldn't there be Christmas in out lives everyday?
So, just in case I don't get on here again before the 25th, may you all have a very merry, blessed, joyful and love-filled Christmas!
God Bless!

He has art skills like his Daddy:

So sweet:

Finding some time to play with the girls:

Mommy and Daddy taking a moment to be silly with a sleepy Alistair:

Now one with Aunt Jen:

1 comment:

  1. Deanna4:48 PM

    I couldn't agree more with what you wrote, Patricia! I don't really remember the gifts I got from year to year but I remember how much I loved Christmas Eve with my Mom's family, Christmas Day with my Dad's, and the excitement of Christmas morning. It's the feelings of love and family I hope I pass down to Anya. I hope you guys had a beautiful and happy Christmas!!


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