I'm so disappointed in myself this Christmas because I allowed myself to completely lose sight of the true and only meaning to Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord.
I'm already looking ahead to next year and ways to put this first and foremost in the Christmas celebrations because I never want this to happen again - or to have this completely empty and lonely feeling. I'm exhausted and ready to pack up 2014 and start fresh with 2015.
This said, of course we had a good time with family and watching a 2-year-old find such joy in every single gift she opened. She loved every one of them. But was totally overwhelmed and didn't even open all her presents. At one point I asked her if she wanted another present and she said, "No thank you, I'm fine." And went back to playing with her old toys. :) The 12-year-old was so gracious for every gift she opened and showed appreciation for them all. It does make you feel pretty good about it.
I'm truly looking for ideas to bring the focus back on Jesus next Christmas and would love to hear your ideas. Seriously. Share.
Part of our problem was sickness kept us from many events - our family get-together, our church services and church program - we have quite a bit hitting the family right now. I'm asking for prayers for every single immediate family member because each one of us are battling with issues right now. I won't get into the details, but do ask for prayers.
My mom's beautiful tree. Loved the gold beads she added this year. And tucked in the branches are stuffed animals! It was really neat!
My vet cousin and princess Macy. These two (and one other vet) were so cute dressed up in one of their Christmas Eve presents. So stinkin' cute! We managed to stuff about 20+ people or so into my mom's house for Christmas Eve. I'm so tired of cooking - I think everyone is because no one really ate all that food we made. I don't want to think about how much of it is going to be tossed out.
I have to tell you I'm excited about my Christmas present - a Brother SE400 Embroidery/Sewing machine. Holy cow, I don't even know what I'm going to do with this beast of a machine. Put monograms on everything Macy owns! hahaha! If you know anything about it, give me some pointers! I need help! But I'm so excited to have a good sewing machine so I can attempt some quilting and monogramming. I'll never see my dining room table again.
Ya'll, I hope your Christmas was blessed and beautiful, I hope your 2015 is filled with happy memories. Thanks for joining me on this adventure called life via my blog and thank you for each and every comment you leave or prayer you send up or just happy thought/smile you give as you read. It's appreciated!!!
*hugs* to you!
PS - My kitten is still visiting me, although she's still a little skittish. She's my bright spot, I'm so happy to have her! :)