12/24/2007

Happy Christmas Eve


Wishing you every happiness.

We started the day with an early morning delight when our four year old neighbor Lillie ran the bell with her cookie delivery. She proudly held up a polka dotted gift bag filled with the treats. YUMMY.

We had a lovely day with our local family, son Jim and his wife Monica and their daughters, Juliana and Alison and our daughter Karen. Because we have a very early airport call tomorrow morning we decided to have a mid-afternoon gathering and meal. We would attend 4 PM Mass and then come back here to exchange gifts after church. It was a good plan. And fun!!!!

Jim received the "hit" gift from our son Jim - a remote control in-house helicopter.
The little bird buzzes around like a dragon fly and the flight plan varies dramatically depending on who has the controls. I was delighted with Juliana's gift - a DVD of "The Cutting Edge" - one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies.

But it wasn't the wrapped presents that mattered. It was the quality time laughing and being together that was the real gift - - A special caring sweetness that is indeed the real meaning of Christmas.

Outside the huge moon is still bright and shining. Marilyn Kinsella, MO storyteller wrote to the Storytell Listserve to explain that this big moon with reddish Mars visible near-by is called "the long night moon." We stopped to star gaze, to enjoy it and feel the blessing.

When I called Mama the other night she told me that she remembered the year the song, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" came out. It was the Fall before Daddy returned from over-seas. He was home by Christmas - as were so many 100s of others in 1945.
That bit of history gave me a new understanding of the meaning of that song.

Just as today I understood what it means to be truly at home when you are with those you love, no matter where you are.

That's why I am looking forward to also being at home in California tomorrow.

3 comments:

Joe said...

bridal gowns beach wedding dresses couture wedding dresses destination wedding dresses informal wedding dresses bridesmaid dresses mother of bride dresses cocktail wedding dresses evening gowns quinceanera dresses wedding dress wedding dresses wholesale wedding dresses cheap wedding dresses bridal online shop

Joe said...

Elastic Satin & Chiffon bridesmaid dresses Satin & Chiffon bridesmaid dresses Satin & Lace bridesmaid dresses Satin & Organza bridesmaid dresses Satin & Taffeta bridesmaid dresses Satin & Tulle bridesmaid dresses Taffeta & Chiffon bridesmaid dresses Taffeta & Lace bridesmaid dresses Taffeta & Organza bridesmaid dresses Sleeveless bridesmaid dresses Cap Sleeves bridesmaid dresses Short Sleeves bridesmaid dresses Elbow Sleeves bridesmaid dresses Three Quarter Sleeves bridesmaid dresses Long Sleeves bridesmaid dresses Beading bridesmaid dresses Sequin bridesmaid dresses Sash bridesmaid dresses Flower bridesmaid dresses Beading & Sequin bridesmaid dresses Beading & Flower bridesmaid dresses

Joe said...

bridal online shop bridal gowns wholesale wedding dresses high quality bridal gowns wholesale custom wedding dresses wedding apparel wedding dresses top sellers wedding dresses2010 new arrivals 2010 new arrivals wedding dresses beach wedding dresses Luxury Wedding Dresses plus size wedding dresses wedding party dresses bridesmaid dresses junior bridesmaid dresses flower girl dresses mother of bride dresses wedding shoes wedding bags wedding accessories evening dresses prom dresses cocktail dresses quinceanera dresses little black dresses