It’s early Christmas morning and I’m the only one up…even the dogs have been out, had their food and are back up in bed. Once again, we have awoken to a very green…and warm…Christmas morning. They have been saying all week that this could be one of the warmest Christmases on record…it feels weird…it’s not supposed to be like this and certainly doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. I am certainly missing the blustery, chilly, white Christmas that we all know so well.
So, today is the big day…the one that the kids have all been wishing would have come long before now. I remember that wait and anticipation of Santa’s arrival once everyone was fast asleep on Christmas Eve. It’s so hard when you’re little…all you want is to dive into all those pretty packages that have been staring at you and taunting you for weeks as they sat under the tree. Well, the wait is finally over…DIG IN!!!
In the hopes of having a nice relaxing day, we roasted and carved the turkey yesterday so that we weren’t stuck in the kitchen today while everyone else was sitting around enjoying each other’s company. Today we just add a little chicken stock to the carved turkey and pop it into the oven for about an hour…and voila! All that’s left to do is cook some veggies, mash some potatoes and set the table…piece of cake! And I think I will be safe this year…there are pies, squares, the ever famous Canadian butter tarts and plenty of cookies…and I don’t like most of it! I can have a few fancy cookies to satisfy my holiday sweet tooth…but that’s it. And hopefully, fingers crossed, there will be little to no weight gain this year and I can stay on track. Let’s hope my little plan worked.
As I get ready to celebrate on this day with family and friends, I take a few moments to think about the ones we have lost over the year and of the families left behind to carry on. I know from experience, it is always very difficult to carry on with those cherished traditions when loved ones are no longer there to participate…but they are traditions for a reason…they must continue and be passed down to the next generations. The holidays have changed a lot for me in the 2 years since my gramma has passed…things are definitely not the same…she was 100% the glue that held our family together. I find that I now do many of the things that she used to do…not only during the holidays…but every day. I think of her, and my grampa, often and I know that they are with me and proud of me each and every day. It takes time, sometimes a long time, but I think of them now not from a place of sadness…but from a place of unbelievable love and pride.
I think of my friends, who are my rock…and I thank God every single day that I have you all in my life. I know that I can count on all of you for anything…support, a shoulder to cry on, rockin’ out to our favourite band at a concert or just hanging out at our favourite restaurant or backyard…your friendship is all-encompassing and I cherish it immensely!
To my work family…you are the best! I am lucky enough to work with a group of people who are some of the most caring and compassionate people around. For those of you who are busy at work today taking care of our sweet little babies and their families, I wish you a speedy shift so that you can return home to be with your families. It’s a sacrifice, I know…but seriously, would we want to do anything else!
To my family…big hugs and lots of love. Whether we see each other today or not, I hope all your dreams come true…we’ll see each other soon.
Merry Christmas everyone…I wish you peace, love & happiness always!!!