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It was a Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry, but weird. As I was preparing dinner for fourteen family members and friends, I kept feeling like I was missing something. I kept checking my list...ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes.... The list goes on, but I wasn't missing anything. Somehow, I was way ahead of schedule and not nearly as exhausted as usual.

I guess part of it is just that I am healthier, more focused and a faster worker now. But the other part is that there wer no small children underfoot. No presents to open early, before coffee. No wrapping paper to pick up, no prolonged search for just the right batteries. No wrestling anybody away from the toy pile to get dressed for dinner.

I did enjoy the peaceful, productive morning in my kitchen. But I also missed having little ones to create that Christmas morning magic for, to exhaust myself for those yelps of pure
delight. I missed the old Merry Christmas and am working on graciously accepting this newer, quieter Merry Christmas.

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GEORGE815 12/26/2012 4:45PM

    Quieter Christmas can be great. We had one for the most part.

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LECATES 12/26/2012 3:21PM

    Young ones do make it special---but definitely less nerve wracking without them. Glad you had a wonderful day and all the energy to do those things---isn't that the greatest present you gave yourself this year?

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YOYONOMORE1 12/26/2012 1:41PM

    Glad you enjoyed your Christmas with family even without little ones, but they do bring a lot of excitement with them. DH and I had a very quiet Christmas at home as I got sick just before and didn't even get to our family Christmas on Dec. 23. Hope you have a blessed and Happy New Year.


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LOSINIT52 12/26/2012 12:58PM

    Sounds like a nice day! We had a nice day too! Haven't had little ones for a very long time and I do look forward to one day having grandchildren included in our mix.
I must say I am a little sleepy today. I think a nice long walk might wake me up.

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YOBETHIE 12/26/2012 11:14AM

    Having my grandson around makes Christmas almost new again. He is three and it was all new excitment for him. It will happen again! Each phase has something special!

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DIET_FRIEND 12/26/2012 9:59AM

    It's still a great day with family and a nice feast. My kids are teens now and no more Santa for them. My daughter even picks out some of her gifts ahead of time.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/26/2012 9:51AM

    glad you had a good day!

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ROSIEPD 12/26/2012 8:48AM

    It seems like with 14 people coming to dinner, your Christmas must have gotten loud later :-) Hope the dinner went well and Merry Christmas!

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PICKIE98 12/26/2012 8:09AM

    It was just my DD and I. She is an only child, so we never had the whole shebang in my home,, just growing up with two sisters. It was my only day off from work, so I relished the quiet.

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1935MARY 12/26/2012 7:52AM

    I cooked for 16 family members, no small kids under foot. My granddaughter of 14 years, helped me do the cooking and cleaning. My eight year old grandson came latter,but I too missed the magic of small kids all and all I had a great Christmas. I guess it is something we both have to get used too.

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