I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas (or whatever else it is that you celebrate) and that if you had something special on your Santa list (or whatever list), that you were thrilled upon opening your gifts.
As for me and my family, after going to church and listening to a beautiful program of word and music, we came home and had a lovely, noneventful, relaxing day. Opened a few gifts, had a fire in the fireplace all day. It was a nice day. That is, if you don't count my son being sick and in the bathroom most of the evening. Poor boy. Or man, I should say (he's almost 21 - - but I guess he'll always be my boy, my baby). But, anyway . . . that got me thinking about Christmases past. Our Christmases past. And it seems to me that being sick on Christmas is something of a family tradition for us. Last year, I was in the emergency room with my daughter most of the day - kidney stone (hers, not mine). I'm not sure what my husband and sons had for dinner that day, but my daughter and I actually had a lot of fun in the ER. She wasn't in much pain, and we amused ourselves while waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . . for the doctor by making up stories about some of the other people in the ER. Plus, there was the cutest little boy outside my daughter's room who kept peeking in. And it all ended up okay.
The year before it wasn't a person but rather our kitchen that was sick. Well, we didn't really HAVE a kitchen that Christmas. A month before, right after Thanksgiving, our dishwasher broke and flooded our kitchen and part of the basement. The entire kitchen, including the floor, was gutted. Again, I don't remember what we had for dinner that Christmas day (fast food??) , but I sure have a nice kitchen now! Homeowners insurance . . . I highly recommend it!
I remember my husband being sick one Christmas, me being sick another one. . . But it's never deterred us from having a good Christmas spirit in our home. From remembering the "reason for the season" (that's for you, Mark). Because it's not what you have, or where you live, or what kind of health you are in that makes Christmas what it is. And for that I am grateful!
Happy day after Christmas. Time to start thinking about all those goals and resolutions now!