Christmas morning, both daughter and I slept in. Later, as I made my tea, I became a bit nostalgic thinking about the Christmases when my daughter was a little girl and would wake up at 5:00 a.m. on Christmas morning, all excited to see if Santa had come and brought her any gifts!
In the afternoon, we went to my friend A's home to have Christmas lunch and to exchange gifts. A's aunt used to invite us to her house for Christmas, when she was alive. After her aunt's death, A has been inviting us to her house, and now, it has become a tradition. My daughter is good friends with A's two daughters, having known them since she was 5 and they were 5 and 4. As usual, A had prepared a feast for our lunch.
After lunch, around 5:00 p.m., we left A's and drove to my cousin V's to participate in the family Christmas get together and dinner. This included part of the extended family, as V had invited her husband's family of seven siblings and their families, as well! We had a White Elephant gift exchange with about 25 people participating, which was a lot of fun. Later, we exchanged gifts with the family.
The forecast had called for rain on Christmas day. It had been cloudy all day, but, the rain held off until evening. When we were at cousin V's it started to rain and it continued to rain all night. We left cousin V's house around 10:30 p.m. and had to wade through a gushing stream of rain water, several inches deep, that was flowing down the side of the street to get to the car that was parked on the side of the street! Fortunately, I had worn ankle high boots, so my feet remained relatively dry.
After we came home, daughter made us a cup of tea and we chatted about the day for a bit and I had a late night snack, before we both went to sleep.
It had been a lovely Christmas day, spent in the company of family and friends. I feel blessed to have been able to celebrate with my daughter, family, and friends.
On Christmas day, I was grateful for:
- Being healthy and alive to celebrate another Christmas
- My daughter being home for Christmas
- Spending the day celebrating with family and friends
- Safe driving to places and back home in the rain
- A warm, dry home providing shelter from the cold and rain
Hope your Christmas day was also filled with family and friends, love, laughter, and good cheer.