Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Celebrations

December is full of celebrations.  

the work Christmas party, so proud of all your husband is doing.  
 the night you attend the Nutcracker ballet.   
Your 19th time.   
His first.

You cherish the moment of revisiting a childhood memory with your child.
Your sisters.
Your niece and nephew.

and the woman who started the tradtion.
Granny.

Your heart feels full of all the holiday magic Christmas brings.  


Then you celebrate a tradition so important, so foundational, that a gathering once seen as a "cookie exchange party"  seems more like the glue that holds sisters, siblings, memories, family, love, and Christmas alive.  

These three "Martin" girls sure make their mama proud, with their ability to cook.  love.  laugh.  and live as a family.  
 
and when the bliss of baking 5 dozen cookies and exchanging them for more equally delicious delights fades into yesterday you may find yourself staring at a magical breakfast straight out of the North Pole via your elf on the shelf.  

You watch your niece and nephew love and play with your children, and long for your childhood.  You wish that you lived closer; that you shared these moments more often.  You realize your wonderfully blessed to experience these blessings and enjoy the high volume of life filling the walls of your house.  

The moment you celebrate Christmas with your second family.   Not the one you were born into or married into, but the one you do life with.  The one that knows your birth stories, your college stories, your proposal stories, and your messy stories.  

Welcome Christmas welcome.  

"Fahoo fores, dahoo dores
Welcome Christmas, come this way
Fahoo fores, dahoo dores
Welcome Christmas, Christmas day

Welcome, welcome fahoo ramus
Welcome, welcome dahoo damus
Christmas day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp

Fahoo fores, dahoo dores
Welcome Christmas, bring your cheer
Fahoo fores, dahoo dores
Welcome all who's far and near

Welcome Christmas, fahoo ramus
Welcome Christmas, dahoo damus
Christmas day will always be
Just so long as we have we

Fahoo fores, dahoo dores
Welcome Christmas, bring your light

Welcome Christmas, fahoo ramus
Welcome Christmas, dahoo damus
Welcome Christmas, while we stand
Heart to heart and hand in hand

Fahoo fores, dahoo dores
Welcome, welcome Christmas, Christmas day"


-The Grinch by Dr. Seuss

































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