Merry Christmas, FNE community!
Traditions in the Smith household are important (my kids joke that I have a tradition for everything!)-and, this year they were, uh, altered. Let me show you…
We usually throw reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter) in the front yard so they can “see” our house sparkle. I forgot glitter this year, so we used sprinkles. I convinced my kids the reindeer could smell it and find our house. 💪 🙋♀️
We usually go to a candlelight service. This year, we joined online while my youngest sang “Joy to the World” reaaalllly expressively. He was trying to blow out the candle. 😂
Remember a few days ago when we were going to decorate our annual sugar cookies than ended up being chocolate chip? I convinced my kids Santa likes any type of cookies, and they still went on our Christmas Eve plate. 🍪
If I host Thanksgiving or Christmas, I make a big turkey. Since it was just the four of us, I decided to get precooked turkey from the fancy deli. I thought it was going to be the big thick carved slices…and, it ended up being deli sandwich slices. 🤷♀️ Oh well. We still put it on the fancy turkey platter, warmed it up in the oven, and had a good laugh about it. (BTW, it was sooo good if you ever need a short-cut!) You’re welcome!
Things just didn’t go as planned, and that’s ok. While singing Joy to the World last night (and trying to keep the candle from being blown out), I forgot that song had the line about preparing him room. “Let every heart, prepare him room”, and it made me remember what I wrote yesterday and why we stayed home (even when I have some serious FOMO and tears while seeing pictures of what others are doing.) Anyone else? It’s ok to cry and hope, even if it feels uncomfortable. Remember the Shepherds advent post?
So, if you’re having a hard time this year, remember we prepared room. And, at least you probably didn’t buy sandwich meat for your fancy-smancy main dish.
Happy holidays, everyone! For many of you, this Christmas is just hard for lots of reasons. I do hope there are glimpses of peace and hope these next few days for you and your families.
-I’m taking a few days off to avoid FOMOscrolling. 😀 Jk, kindof. I’m going to read my new books, nap, walk outside (because Texas weather), and watch too many movies. Grandparents, get ready for the zoom calls today. And, sorry if those make you seasick from the kids holding the phone. Y’all go read the Thanksgiving post about “Hey Grandddad, wanna see some hope!?!” for that story. 😀
And, someone named Laura sent me a Starbucks gift card. Whoever you are, thank you!! This epidemiologist LOVES coffee, especially with my Dad. So, I’m saving that card for when I finally see my dad after he gets his shot. Hashtag cue Hamilton. 😂
***Here’s the referenced posts:
Let’s make room – https://tinyurl.com/ydgx77tg
To the shepherds – Reframing advent during the pandemic – https://tinyurl.com/y9e9y56c
“Hey Granddad, wanna see some hope?!?” Thanksgiving – It’s ok to cry and hope https://tinyurl.com/yyrqootl