This year was one of the most relaxing Christmases that I can remember. The night before—Christmas Eve—we went over to Lucia’s parent’s home for a get-together with her folks and extended family. Christina and her husband, John, drove in from Oklahoma. They have four-year old twins—John and Joel.
Sherrie, Lucia’s older sister, who lives here, brought her daughter and youngest son—Brendan. It was a fun time. We exchanged a few gifts and ate a lot of food. It was good to hang with them, with no place to go. This also left Christmas day free for us to do what we wanted to do.
And we did.
On Christmas morning we got up and had nothing special to do, but spend time together. We had crepes to eat and presents to open. We took our usual bunch of pictures as well. There was no one to call, no one to see, no questions to answer, no crisis to respond to. There was nothing to do outside of spending time with my family.
I’m not sure what made it more special because we spend a lot of time together–always, but there was something about this Christmas that was relaxing. It could be that I am more tired than I realize. Building a business is far more rewarding than “working for the man,” but it is also far more challenging. The risks and rewards are always before me and I would not change it for another kind of life, but sometimes it can be grinding.
Maybe that is what made this Christmas so good. I am still praising God for every smile, every joke, every sound of laughter. I am in love with my family.
Please do not wake me.