What a wonderful day we had. My honey created a wonderful tree and gift staging area complete with tiny stockings since all of our decorations are in storage.
I got lots of fantastic goodies…
A Steve Madden barrel bag which was an AMAZING surprise that my honey picked all by herself.
A Martha Stewart loom knitting kit…just to name a few.
We went to breakfast at IHOP and then went to see DJANGO at the movies.
The hardest thing was being away from my family. I miss my parents, my baby girl, my siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. No matter how happy the times I do have, I feel the void of being so far from everyone.
Although this has been a very hard time for my family and I, my spirits have been pretty high. I have been trying not to be wrapped up in my feelings. I love Christmas and my family knows this. I spent the better part of yesterday wrapping gifts while listening to Christmas music.
I was feeling a bit melancholy when I got off work tonight. Then, I walked in the door…my honey bought me a Christmas tree. Talk about an instant spirit lift! I gasped and did a little dance.
I decorated my tree while watching the 2011 BET Awards; Tomi was my little helper. Now, we are off to bed to rest up for tomorrow’s festivities. I just love my honey for helping to make this Christmas special for me.
Just me being me.
Just me being me.
Every Christmas is special in my opinion. For the most part, it brings out the best in people. People are a little kinder to their fellow-man and have a tendency to step outside of themselves and try to do for others more at this time of year than any other time. I get an opportunity to see and hear from family that I often don’t get to see or hear from at any other time during the year which is nice. It’s an opportunity to meet the new babies, spouse and significant others of your friends and family members and to attend the countless holiday parties that have filled up your calendar.
Yes, I would say that Christmas is a pretty special time of year most of the time but for me, this Christmas will be the one that I remember for years to come. This year, I will wake up on Christmas morning, I will get to wake up and see the best gift I have ever gotten…my daughter. I always see her and talk to her during the holiday season but I have not had the joy of spending Christmas day with my daughter in seven years. She and I both pretty excited about the whole thing. We don’t really do anything special for Christmas but it will be nice to include her in our traditions…going to watch the lights as they pulse to Manheim Steamroller at Senske, driving around looking at different houses all done up for Christmas, hot beverages and Christmas music while ‘decking the halls’ and then Christmas morning breakfast followed by opening presents.
Usually at this time of year, we are stressing about whether there is too much snow in the mountain pass to make it over to see the family but this year, I will be just fine if we are snowed in. I am very thankful for this opportunity to make some memories that we will both have for a lifetime.