Glad it's over that it!
Christmas has gotten much more difficult for me as I have aged, Blu. Probably because there is no one here for me to "do for" anymore!
My DS came over and we had a venison dinner together and exchanged gifts.
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When my DMIL told me that since they didn't have all the kids home anymore (this was in the late 80s) that she was going to quit decorating and also since they over 20 grandkids and the greats were starting to popup in there that she just couldn't afford to buy gifts anymore... I could understand the gift thing but not to decorate? Never happen to me, I decorated inside, outside , the car and well you know.......then......
One day, all of my kids were not home on Christmas, the ones that were close I sat for and bought things for the kids during the year but not for the grands that were miles away....and a couple of the kids were having their early married money problems and whatever......so I called them all and told them that my dad(their granddad) wanted to have a picnic in the summer and we could all be outside and whatever( the kids were starting to get on his nerves, you know 50 people in your little house in the winter and the people were anywhere from in their 50s to newborn........it was just not fun...
Anyway this would be our Christmas there would be food and no gifts just family. I heard grumbling and griping like "this isn't really Christmas".....but.....
After few years and they saw that now if we all get there with our kids grands and greats there can be upwards of 100 people, the kids get to know each other and the play and run around outside......we have a shelter house so we can sit inside or sit out under a tree and move around and find out what is going on with everyone......the most important things is that in the winter with bad weather we may not see close to half of those people because they are not going to try and travel hundreds of miles for a day........so we absolutly love our "Christmas"........ok so someone always brings some plastic Christmas table cloths and a 1 foot fake tree or something but we are loud happy and comfortable for a whole day with family that normally we wouldn't get to see.......
I have that sister that grumbled the most you know, everyone has one......but our Dad told her everyone has their own meaning of Christmas because we have different religions in the family, but when he looks around at all those people he told her that he is very proud and that even if he don't have money he is about the richest man alive.......well after that she never really complained (or found something to complain about) again.......
I now enjoy the season more than I used to because someone else if having Christmas dinner, I make something but not everything. I watch Christmas movies and enjoy my memories and I thought the other day I knew what my Dad was talking about now.......I have become the entitled one now......and I like it.......
I am so sorry you got sick so that you couldn't enjoy the time to the fullest.
I am very glad as well.
mine is not over until tomorrow when everyone leaves. will i be glad???? yeah. i got sick as soon at they got here and have been sick ever since. m got sick Christmas eve and he is no better either.
i need a vacation!!!!!
Yes, glad it is over, think sometimes getting caught up w/commercials, etc, can be a downer though agree w/Deb...I do try to focus on reason for the season.
It's very sentimental for sure when your loved ones are no longer with you. I always have mixed emotions. I love being with my family and friends, but it's always a little sad, too.Actually our holidays aren't completely over yet....., there's a
I feel the same way.