Our Christmas was pretty good..though it seemed like a disaster at the time. I'll explain.
My brother, sister, and their families have gone to Mom's house for years..well..since we all got married and moved away. We enjoy the early afternoon having our lefse dinner, then play some games, and just relax, then we all go to candelight service at our church.
On the way home, my husband and kids stop at the cemetery to wish Dad a Merry Christmas, and then back to Mom's to open gifts, and play more games, have some snacks, etc. Sort of like a late supper.
This year (and for the past month) my sister-in-law has been really....well acting really odd. She seems always angry, she wouldn't talk to my brother, and he couldn't figure out what was going on. They were heading towards divorce, it almost seemed. (Can't say for sure, but my Mom sure thought so.)
She was still angry over no one coming over after last weeks baptism (her grand daughter was baptized). No one from our side of the family went because my Mom said that they were having my SIL's side of the family over for Christmas instead. Her son was back for a couple days and was going to be leaving Christmas Day. So we didn't go.
Come to find out, they did that, but much later in the day, so we were supposed to come over. At the church I'd told my brother our Daughter and I were going shopping, as she'd not been able to with being sick and working. And he said ok. Nothing more was mentioned about any party after, everyone said bye and that was that. So we thought.
Come to find out they did have something for the baptism, and Dawn (SIL) was quite upset. Well this wasn't the problem between her and my brother, that was far before that happened.
Anyway, we were at the house, Dawn was there and my brother, but neither of her kids, which was odd. She wasn't friendly to ANYONE, and we were sitting getting ready to open gifts, and she suddenly blurted out something to Mom who'd been talking to her, in regards to the party.
I had to jump in, because she didn't need to be so rude to my Mom, and I let her know why we weren't at the party (thought it was just her family's Christmas), and she came out with "It was posted on facebook, what are you going to believe" and I said, "the latest update, you don't update FB", and she just got up and walked out. I figured, oh well, let us know by a written invitation, then maybe we'd know for sure, especially those who don't have computer access. (People never think of them, then get upset because they aren't there.)
Anyway, my brother followed her out (everyone was saying "just let it drop, etc", but I though why..I'm sick of her being ticked off on the best night of the year and taking it out on everyone. Our nephew told her hi and she gave him a dirty look, and someone else spoke to her, and she jumped on them. I'd had enough. She'd even had her cell phone on DURING CHURCH SERVICE and was texting someone constantly!! Everyone was told to turn their cell phones off during church, but I guess that didn't mean her.)
My brother and her were outside for a VERY long time and she didn't bother coming back in. My brother came and got his two kids and they all left.
The rest of the night went great, we all celebrated, played games, ate, etc, and then went home.
I got a call yesterday from my Mom who said my Brother had said to tell me "Thank you". I thought it was a joke at first, but then she went on to explain he'd said that before that happened, Dawn wouldn't talk to him about what was going on. He said they'd had the best talk they ever had and things were much better.
Mom said that when my brother, Dawn, and her kids came over the next day, Dawn was back to normal.
I keep thinking, God wanted that to happen..because look what he did with it. My sister and I apologized to Dawn, though we had no reason to, and so now the balls in her court. I reinvited them out to New Years with us, but haven't heard a word back from her. Oh well, at least my conscious is clear.
I hope you all find something to smile about today, and share those smiles. They can change lives.
Oh, we had a great Christmas here at home, Christmas Day, then Sunday had Christmas with my husband's family for the first time in 3 years. Here's your pictures. hehehe you knew they were coming.
Have a wonderful New Year if I don't make it back, another busy week. OH and we got a check for $8,000.00 for the playground, PLUS I got news from a meeting, that we will be getting another $100,000. This has been a wonderful Christmas despite the fact that I'm getting another cold. One day I'll be well again, I know it. :)
Our Daughter with her Pup, Gator, whose sticking out his tongue..I don't think he wanted his picture taken: *L*
Christmas Day is Dan's birthday, so I put a sign on Gator and sent him into the room, that said "Happy Birthday, Dad":
Gator got a bed, I think he loves it:
This was the picture taken of my family at Mom's house (we do this every year with each brother/sister and their families):
As many of you know, I collect mice..well this is what my Mom got me for Christmas and I LOVE IT:
And our Daughter and Son-in-Law got me a new mouse ornament and I LOVE IT, TOO:
And a photo from our family and the candlelight church service, which is always so beautiful:
And the front of the church (with my nephew holding his candle):
And as a special surprise, we all got to talk to our Niece who now lives in AZ, her first year there. We all missed her, especially her Dad, so I had to get a picture of her and her Dad, for our Christmas celebration: