Friday, December 30, 2016

The Closing of Christmas

Another Christmas season has come to an end.

The month of December was quieter than usual, in some ways, and jam packed from the 21st on.

We were blessed to ride the Polar Express. It was magical, even to our older children and adults. The Alberta Prairie Railway puts together a Christmas experience worth attending, especially if your children are under 10yrs.  We loved the whole experience! The staff dancing to Hot Chocolate and serving up delicious chocolatey beverage in mugs that are gifted to us. Followed by a gooey, chocolate chip cookie, the reading of the story The Polar Express and then arriving in the North Pole to see Santa and his Elves waiting for the train. Hearing the children yell "Back it up! Back it up! " to encourage the engineer to reverse and pick up the jolly old elf himself, gave me goosebumps.

It truly was a sweet experience and one that our boys will remember forever.

Spending time with those you love, family or friends is an important aspect of Christmas. This year we traveled to my brother's and were blessed to stay with them for two nights, celebrating Christmas with a multitude of family members. Even though it has been years since seeing my SIL's family they opened their hearts to the boys. We all felt special and included. That is how we should all feel on Christmas Day.

Our 5 hour road trip home included two stops to visit with special cousins and friends. It was a long, long day yet worth the effort to spend time with friends & family. Afterward there was still a 3 hr drive facing us in the midst of a gale force Chinook. The weather change by 20 degrees and the winds wreaked havoc on the roads. Thankfully, Brad was driving, the boys were sleeping and we made it home safe and sound.

As we wind down from Christmas, and contemplate taking the decorations down I find that the New Year is on my mind. Resolutions? No. The need to reorganize and refocus? Yes. First, lets start with the home cause it is a Christmas disaster!

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