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Silent Night? Ha!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Eve is anything but silent in our family...and I wouldn't want it any other way. This year there were 16 adults plus 2 children packed around my brother's banquet table on Christmas Eve. The table used to belong to my grandmother, and when we all get together for the holidays, I can't help but feel a strange mixture of nostalgia for Christmases past and wonder at the blessing of having a whole new generation of kids sitting there.

When I think about that first Christmas, I'm sure it wasn't very silent either, with a multitude of heavenly hosts singing, a donkey braying, sheep bleating, and a newborn baby crying!

This year I was feeling especially sentimental, since all the "children" except two are in their late teens or early twenties. The Nerf squirt guns and Tonka trucks have been replaced with itunes gift cards and graphic t-shirts. The excited squeals have turned into quiet "Thank you"s. (Well....except for the 4-year old, who squealed when she opened her Barbie furniture!) When did all the kids grow up?? My guess is that this will be the last Christmas Eve we are all together. My niece has accepted a job in Texas, one nephew is attending college in Ohio, and my son has decided to make Minnesota his permanent home. It feels like the end of an era. Perhaps that is why the evening felt even more special than in previous years.

Here is a picture of my children and me with my little niece on Christmas Eve.

By the way, it took awhile, but I did manage to finally get my tree up! Here's the proof:

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAILYNSTAR 1/6/2014 11:42AM

    What a wonderful Christmas you had. I'm glad you have a memory that will be treasured always.

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SUEPERWOMAN 12/28/2013 9:23AM


Damn, your blog made me cry. How sweet, and how true!
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Love you, Ginger

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    What beautiful pictures of your family---and of you!! That's a beautiful, nostalgic memory with your grandmother's table, and all the generations. Poignant when you think of your son moving to another state, and your niece and nephew moving too. Yes, memories get more precious as the years go by. emoticon

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TAMMYAND 12/27/2013 11:05PM

    You look GREAT on the photo. All of you look so happy! Your tree is beautiful too. And of course, another excellent blog!

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A10TIVTRTL 12/27/2013 10:47PM

    Your blog made me smile. I remember big noisy family gatherings! They are exhausting and can be emotionally draining, but when you are an old lady like me you will remember only the joy and laughter. Happy New Year!

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QUEENIEBELLE 12/27/2013 8:33PM

    Beautiful pictures! So happy for you that so many of you were able to get together this year. Your tree looks really nice too. emoticon Hope you have a wonderful New Year my friend. emoticon ~Sandi

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TWESTEN1 12/27/2013 7:02PM

    That was a sad but touching blog! Glad you had everyone together - it is tough when they all start moving on and away. I hope you have a wonderful new year :)

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