Friday, December 23, 2011

Quiet Christmas

If you read this blog regularly, you know how much we love Christmas. Every little thing is so wonderful, and it really is my favorite time of year. But this Christmas the stockings are hung, but will remain empty. And there are no gifts under the Christmas tree. It wasn't even planned this way. It's just that as the season continued on, we realized it was getting later, and we didn't care about the gifts.

This weekend will be spent just the three of us.  Tomorrow night we are having a pork loin roast with green beans and leek and potato soup. Then onto mass where most of the parishioners will be seeing Nora for the first time. And finally home to cuddle up all cozy, drinking hot cocoa with the marshmallows I'm hoping to make tonight. I've got cinnamon rolls planned for Christmas morning, to be enjoyed with hot coffee in front of our electric fireplace. It will be quiet, calm.

I bought Christmas cards last year, managed to write out 2 and then gave up.  Nora has been fussy and wanting to be held nearly 24/7 lately, and it was just too much.  I planned to make edible treats for some family members this Christmas (and caramels for T!), but those will have to go out for the New Year.

I think, "I should feel guilty, I pretty much disregarded all the Christmas things this year."  But I don't.  I feel content.  The tree is beautiful.  We'll enjoy carols and good food.  And I'm more than happy to just enjoy this little family of mine's first Christmas.  I stumbled across an old post while looking for something and it was the reminder I needed again that this home, this life I'm leading is Holy ground.  And what better time to remember that than at Christmas?

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah.  Being where you feel most loved really is the best gift, a reminder of our blessings. 


  1. That little bit in there about my caramels made me laugh out loud and gave me the warm and fuzzies :D I'm perfectly content waiting. And I'm so happy you're little family is healthy and happy. I love you all!

    <3 T

  2. Kate, Merry Christmas to you and your family. It's quiet fine if you don't go all crazy and enjoy your own way of Christmas. Contentment is the way:)

  3. Christmas isn't about cards and decorating your house in red and green and doing all the "things" Americans associate with the holiday. It's about being with friends and family to observe the birth of Christ. If that means you have 50 people over or snuggle in the comfort of your newly created family, you shouldn't feel guilty one iota for not competing in Christmas stuff.

    I hope your new family has a fantastic Christmas as you celebrate this first one with Nora!

  4. Wishing you and your new family a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for the coming year.

  5. Sounds like your own kind of perfection. Merry Christmas!

    And PS I must share that everytime we watch Love Actually I think of you when I see Natalie. I have no idea if you look similarly in real life, but it's how I imagine you!