Sunday, December 24, 2017

On this Christmas Eve

Just the words, 'Christmas Eve' give me a feeling of warmth, contentment, peace. When we are parents of young children - those are probably the most wonderful of all Christmas Eves. The little ones have gone to bed early and are so incredibly excited for the morning. The parents are often up late, putting together toys and wrapping the presents from Santa Claus.

Two grandchildren stories from today. These are the words my daughter-in-law, Estée wrote on Facebook:
Conversation between Campbell and I regarding cookies for Santa 
Me: I can’t wait to make cookies and leave them out for Santa tonight! 
Campbell: So Santa eats cookies at every house he goes to? 
Me: Yes, he needs the energy to fly all over the world to deliver gifts. 
Campbell: That's a lot of cookies. Too many cookies aren’t good for your body. 
Me: Well that’s right. Should we leave something else for Santa then? 
Campbell: Yes I think probably chips and hummus. 
Tonight Santa Claus will be pleasantly surprised by our offerings of cookies, and chips with hummus.
Isn't that just so delightful. It warmed the hearts of his grandparents, that's for sure.

And then this evening, a text from Margaret:
First night ever, Hazel told me to shh and not sing to her. She 'had to go to sleep.' Santa is serious biz.
Made the Nana cry to read those words.

We are expecting quite a big Christmas snow so Michael and Estée and the boys won't be coming up tomorrow. Tom and I will walk down the hill to Margaret and Matthew and Hazel's house and will celebrate with them. On another day, when the roads are good, we'll have our Christmas with the rest of the clan.

I'm feeling quite like Gladys Taber tonight as I sit alone in the living room with the Christmas tree and all the decorations and books surrounding me. I wish I had her gift with words, but I shall simply wish all my dear readers, my faithful readers the most wonderful Christmas and the very best of New Years.

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  1. Hummus and chips, eh? I sure Santa welcomed the novelty!! Christmas Greetings Nan, and I look forward to reading you again all through 2018. x

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    1. Thanks, Susan, and the same to you! Yes, hummus would be a nice break from all those sweets!

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  2. It is so good that you get to savor the times with your children and grandchildren. They are your greatest gifts. I so appreciate that you share your great gifts with us. May your Christmas be filled with love and laughter as the Merriest day and for all to continue through out the new year.

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    1. Beautiful words. Thank you, Lisa. Wishing the same to you!

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  3. I wish you and all your family a joyful and blessed Christmas and a satisfying and accomplishful 2018!

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    1. Thank you, and the same to you and yours!!

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  4. A Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours! Thanks for all the wonderful posts and looking forward to more when your time allows.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you for those nice words, and the same to you!

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  5. What a Lovely post..thank you for sharing a glimpse of your Christmas.
    With all our best wishes from our family to yours xxxx

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    1. Oh, thank you for reading it! And the same to you!

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  6. So cute!! I just read it aloud to my husband :)

    Hope you and all your family had a wonderful Christmas Day - and much happiness in 2018!

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    1. I love it that you read it to him! Thank you, and the same to you!

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  7. I hope you're having a merry Christmas and that you have a wonderful new year. There can be something so wonderfully cozy, loving, and sweet about this season. Thankful too that I have a home, after walking through knifing winds today.

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    1. I love how you see things, and as always your use of words. Wishing you the best new year, too.

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  8. And now it's Christmas night and all the excitement of the day has come and gone. I'm sure Santa was very appreciative of the healthy snacks. If I still had littles in my home, I think I'd encourage them to put out avocado and toast (or guacamole and chips) instead of cookies. ;)

    We will celebrate with family tomorrow afternoon. Our guests have been delayed but will be here in the morning (Boxing Day). For now, we sit and relax after a delicious shrimp & grits dinner, reading by the firelight, gazing at the Christmas lights on the tree. It's a lovely evening and I couldn't ask for more.

    Merry Christmas to you, dear friend.

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  9. I love your grandchildren stories. Have fun with all your Christmases with each part of your family.

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  10. I'm with Campbell with the chips and humus, Santa must be pretty tire of cookies all night long, But seriously, I wish you and your lovely family a Very Happy, Warm, and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Alex, and the very same to you!

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  11. A late wish for Christmas or an early one for a Happy New Year -- or both. I know yesterday was a good one and I hope the snow lets you visit with the other grands soon.

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    1. Thanks, Sallie, and the same to you! The snow has let up, and we didn't get as much as the rest of the state. Not sure when we'll get together.

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  12. When I was Campbell's age, I didn't know hummus - over the past 10 years or so, it has become a firm favourite on my menue.
    I guess the change was welcome for Santa!
    Christmas is over already... as always, leaving me happy and just a little sad at the thought of waiting another 12 months now for my favourite holiday. I hope yours was as wonderful as I imagine it, with your lovely family and sweet grandchildren all sharing the magic and spirit of Christmas.

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    1. I feel the same. I love it that a whole month is filled with the joys of Christmas, but feel a little sad now.

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  13. On Christmas night I was reading Gladys and cried again at her description of the last thing before retiring every Christmas night being a time of reunion with her Honey.

    I wish you the very best of New Years too, Nan,
    Dewena

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