T’was the day before Christmas and we had just arrived home. The cat had yet again escaped as we brought in our sleeping gear, gifts and clothes.
The house wasn’t warm as we had turned down the furnace. The clutter was everywhere as we had been blessed that the Construction Company could come and insulate the attic the day we left and therefore did not have time to tidy the house before leaving on our journey.
The day prior had been a blessed day. We arrived at my husband’s brother’s house around 2 p.m. having taken a leisurely 2 hours drive on rain soaked roads. Again, great thanks were given for blessings like mp3 players and bud ear phones. Negotiations were made and frequent trading the solution. Two stories of Musch and then a swap for the Christmas hat. The price considered high by both but then Momma knew negotiations were a success, for neither had won and neither had lost.
Momma’s purse was packed with care. Screwdriver with 12 interchangable bits, AAA, AA 9V, C, & D batteries within the purse lay. Great Aunt and Momma to save the day!
Humour was found at my family gathering as my brother and I both pulled out our screwdrivers and batteries at the same time, seems both remembered our Uncle’s thoughtfulness of Christmases past and sought to be the one to continue the tradition.
Things went well at my husband’s family as none had been so blessed in their childhood with a power packing Uncle.
The 22nd morning spent watching Construction, the evening spent with my family. The 23rd morning in hurried packing, then hours of driving, followed by hours of snacking as the Turkey refused to pop.
The night went late for us no longer teens, I distinctly recall 11 p.m. seen 😉 .
Christmas Eve morning saw hustle and bustle. Seemed the Corn Furnace at decided to snuff itself out. So Aunt Bert had chance to snuggle on air bed with niece, nephew, son and daughter. A good cuddle and much joy as we looked at the new toys.
[Name With-held] had been called to work, [Name With-held] had to care for the sows, Uncle Josh was busy with [Name With-held], and Aunt Bert got the rest! Breakfast of sugar was served, Alphabits, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, and oops, NOT the Candy Canes… Although truthfully this left me confused!
It t’is a great thing that Christmas comes but once a year.
Then the car was stuffed full of our stuff, and we return to the start of our tale. By now the house is warm and the fighting has started. T’is time for this mother to go grill some cheese. More batteries have been fixed into toys and I hear so much more noise. There is clutter everywhere and work to be done.
Instead, shortly I’ll pull out my knitting and have sometime to enjoy. Boxing day will come soon enough and then we can work.
Merry Christmas to you! May you find JOY around you. May your eye’s be opened to the beauty of the life around you and your pains lessened in the knowledge that you are not alone and one carries the load gladly for you.