Christmas 2009

Over the river and thru the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!

Christmas is always wonderful but this year, it was especially beautiful. Not only were we all together to celebrate Christ's birth as a family, we also enjoyed the first snowy Christmas our neck of the woods has seen in the past 80 years!

It started snowing on Christmas Eve day and it kept on snowing till late at night. We all had such fun playing in it, sipping hot chocolate and watching it gently float down to earth. I was raised in the north-east and my husband in the north-west so we both had plenty of snow growing up. Our boys though have only lived in CA and now in the south so each snow fall is a miracle to them. It's so neat to watch their faces fill with joy as they romp around in it and have fun. The snow had pretty much melted by Christmas afternoon but we had a blast while it lasted!

Our holiday this year was much more frugally done than we have in the past years but you know what? The boys loved their gifts and there was no "toy overload". We felt no lack, no loss of joy or Christmas happiness. I noticed that the boys enjoyed the gifts they got much more than if they had been inundated with too many things. They were truly grateful for all they received and as a family, we focused on the real reason for Christmas ~ Christ's birth and enjoyed the holiday together. All in all, it was one of the best holidays we've had.

Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing y'all a Happy New Year!