I'm breathing a sigh of relief that Christmas is over for another year.
Just too much hoopla and too many expectations for me.
Though I enjoy the few weeks of sparkly decor and the generality of people
in a nicer mood, I'm always glad when it's over and we can all get back to
a semblance of "normalcy". I'm more of a quiet, stay-at-home kind of girl.
Though I must say that Christmas Eve at my own home with
just the three of us was lovely. We had a fire going in the fireplace, snacked on
hors d'oeurves, opened gifts, drank wine, and talked and laughed.
My sweet man gifted me with four books from my amazon wish list.
Brian also loves to give me jewelry. His favorite jewelry place is
Blue Nile online. He wrote me a short romantic note about this necklace being
a token of our love for each other.
My poor husband looks so tired in this photo. He gets up at 4:15 a.m. for work
every day. Including Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
My sweet son gave me some of my favorite goodies ~ wine and chocolate. :-)
The kitties got a couple of new toys, but just like little kids, their favorite
things to play with were the boxes and the wrapping paper.
Christmas day was spent at my aunt and uncle's house with my extended family.
I was so touched to receive an unexpected gift from my cousin's wife.
They live in Washington ~ and here I am in Illinois ~ so we don't see each other often.
She said when they were in a little gift shop waiting to catch a ferry, she saw this book and
thought of me. She knows how much I love cats. Ironic thing is ~
this was another book on my amazon wish list!
These three lovely ladies - my mom and her two sisters; my aunts - are three
of my favorite people in the world.
I hope all of you had a blessed holiday, in whatever way you chose to celebrate it.