Our preparations for Christmas this year have been rather smooth. Rita started shopping early and avoided the last-minute rush. By yesterday afternoon the gifts were all wrapped and ready for the kids and grandkids. We will have dinner and go to Mass this evening with our youngest and his wife, who will stay the night, then go off to her family in the morning. The rest won’t be here until Saturday, so we will, for the first time in many years, be just the two of us together on Christmas day. That will be different, but OK. We are looking forward to a quiet day together. We are content that our children will be with their spouses’ families or having a family day for themselves.
By Saturday evening everyone will be here and we will celebrate our annual soup-and-pie night, a favorite meal. Rita is famous for her pies, but other members are starting to make some, too. Sunday will be our gift exchange and traditional holiday meal. The next couple of days will be spent in various ways as we enjoy being together. By Saturday everyone will be gone and the house will be eerily quiet as we look toward a busy beginning for 2015.
2014 has been a very blessed year for us, with a wedding to get it started and our gathering at the holidays to end it. We are very grateful for our family and all God’s many blessings.
We hope and pray that your year has also been good and that the New Year will bring you many blessings.
Bob & Rita