Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is here once again!
This is one of my favorite Christmas photos, but at the time, it was very stressful for everyone, including Santa... just look at his face! 
My children never liked Santa, and I don't have a single photo of them with Santa that does not involve tears. I gave up on that yearly expedition early in their young lives!

But this year, I made my fur baby go to see Santa, and there were no tears!

Well, Miss Molly was desperately trying to escape, but Santa and I really enjoyed the visit.

This year in the midst of all the season's hustle and bustle, I have tried to keep at the forefront of my mind that you never know how many Christmases you have to celebrate, and I wanted to cherish each frantic moment of the preparation. 
As my parents age and encounter various health challenges, I am reminded that you never know how long your loved ones will be with you at those celebrations. I have never taken it for granted, but this year I wanted to try to enjoy all the time spent planning, shopping (which I really dislike!), making gifts (which I really enjoy!), wrapping, and baking. And then to enjoy every moment spent celebrating with loved ones.
I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and hope you are treasuring each moment, even the hectic, stressful, tired and loud ones!


cajunquilter said...

Merry Christmas ! I agree we must make every minute of every day count with our loved ones. We never know what tomorrow has in store for any of us.

Darlene said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Kathy. Enjoy making new memories!

kadyb said...

Merry Christmas! Create some happy memories. I so enjoy your blog.


Janet O. said...

That photo reminds me that 30 years ago, when my oldest was 3, as Santa entered our church Christmas party, she screamed, turned and ran in the opposite direction. Good times! : )
So true about enjoying each moment with loved ones!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Merry Christmas.

Teresa in Music City said...

As usual, you've hit the nail squarely on its head Kathy! I hope your Christmas has been filled with blessings!

Kate said...

Great job of articulating all the conflicting joys and stresses of the holidays. I enjoy them each year and try to treasure each moment with parents and siblings. Some times it's easier than others.

I love the last picture of your two "elves". They definitely have the "jolly" part down.