My holiday started like all others before it, playing mass. I played four masses this year and loved every one of them. There is no sarcasm in that last sentence, I really did enjoy the celebrations. The church was decorated beautifully and the people were so happy to be there. The choir sounded amazing and I played flute at church for the first time in months. Maybe my happiness was because of my ability to play and not hurt for once. I'm not sure. I just know that I was loving every moment of my time at church!
In between the two Christmas Eve masses the four of us met my parents at Hawaiian Islands (a Chinese place) for dinner. We had a great time. That is a tradition that I love with all my heart. Spending time with my parents. When we got home from dinner we let the kids open their gifts from us, since I had to be at church at 8:30am the next day. We gave Emily an iPod touch and chris a 3ds. We couldn't afford much this year, but I think we still did great in their eyes. My Christmas gift was my Keurig coffee maker that I had bought myself the day after Thanksgiving and my new smartphone.
On Christmas day we got up early to have the kids open Santa's gifts (angry birds stuff for Chris and an American Doll for Emily). I had to run off to church and play the last two masses, but the kids stayed home with Jerry and learned how to play their toys! After church we all met at my parents home for lunch. This is one of my favorite traditions. It is so relaxing to be able to head there, relax with a glass of wine, and thank God that I still have my folks in my life. We always have stockings to "open" and the kids love going there as well. I feel so lucky to still have both my parents in my life. So many folks have lost a parent, or two, or have step parents to deal with. I've been blessed with an amazing family!
After my folks house we head to Jerry's folks house. We had dinner there with the whole Herman clan (minus Jack, Hank and Jen--whom we missed!). We spent time chatting and playing with the nephews.
They are so cute right now. They are 2 and 3 and are just so fun to be around!
Overall, the holiday was a complete success! Right now I wearing my new bathrobe that my mother gave me. This bathrobe is special in a couple of different ways. The robe itself is not necessarily special, although it is a soft as a cloud!! It is special because my mom surprised me on Christmas for the first time in years. Normally I always know what I am getting from her. It's a fact of getting older. It happens. This year, she bought me something I didnt' know about and I was thrilled. Its also special because whenever I put it on I feel as if my mom is putting her arms around me!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever other holiday you celebrate. May the new year bring you happiness, success and much love!!
Merry Christmas to everyone and a very Happy New Year to come!!!