Monday, December 28, 2009

A new Christmas Tradition

A few days before Christmas, I received news that left me heart broken. First you ask yourself, "Why did this have to happen before Christmas?" and then your next thought is, "Why did this happen to me?"

You begin to wonder if you could find any joy during Christmas- and then you see your husband doing his best to make you feel better and a son that you don't want to disappoint. So, you take a deep breath, put one foot in front of the other, and you do your best to make this Christmas a memorable event...and it was.

We had a great dinner, Beef Stroganoff, salad and rolls. And for dessert, various cookies, pies, and in between meals, we ate tons of candy from our Stocking stuffers. (There was absolutely no guilt in the amount of calories I consumed, I enjoyed every bite, lick, and taste!)

We didn't get a chance to look at Christmas lights before Christmas and decided to do it after dinner. It was a good choice. Our neighbors suggested these 3 different neighborhoods that had great Christmas lights.

Our first stop:

There's something about watching Christmas lights that brings a smile to your face.

The second stop...was a complete Dud. The poor homeowner was so desperate for someone to see his Christmas light show, that he sat outside waving people over to see his lights. We politely "oohed" and "awed" and quickly left. It was a very sad little light show.

Our third and final stop was a neighborhood outside of our town. This neighborhood had 15 houses in its street court and all of them were elaborately decorated with lights and Christmas displays.

Traffic was heavy and we were in line for nearly forty minutes before we were able to park our car and walk. The wait was worth it.

Our family loves to hear choral singing, especially when it's Christmas Carols.

A new tradition is born: Watching Christmas lights on Christmas night!

I love our old traditions and the new ones that we create each year.

And despite the lingering dark cloud that hovered above me; for a few short hours, I was able to let Christmas...

"...wave a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
" Norman Vincent Peale

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