One batch of whipped shortbread out of the oven, Sara has done a batch of sugar cookies, and she is in the process of making some sweet little cheesecakes. The sugar cookies were consumed almost as soon as they were out of the oven.
Everyone is back in PA for the holiday. Christian even cut his gig short by one day to make it back for sure. You have no idea how glad I am for that.
It is good to have all my kids back home but it is going to be quite a day tomorrow. There is still a lot of stuff to cook, potatoes to peel and turkey and ham to cook. And there are still some gifts to wrap.
You know how everyone laments the commercialism of Christmas with all the gifts we spend our money on. But for our family, it is a coming home time, a time of celebrating who we are as a family. We are lavish in our giving to each other and to those around us that we love. I guess it is a way of celebrating our bond of love to each other. Even the volatile parts of who we are, and how we put up with each other is amazing at times.
And I guess if this is a time of remembering that Jesus came to bring peace on earth, it is fitting that this celebration over the past few years has become a healing time for our family.
So the noise levels will be high. Grandpa will be told he needs to turn up his hearing aid and turn down the TV repeatedly. Babies will cry and coo. The cousins will run around and have a great time. I will be ready to retreat to a quiet spot if I can find one by Christmas Day when our festivities will be winding down already.
Then we pack up and for the first time try something new. Off we go to Waskesiu for a few days in some cabins out there. We’ll see how that goes. I hope we can relax and have lots of fun together.