Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas is over……again….

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think,
and thinking where we ought to feel.
                            John Churton Collins

             
Well Christmas came and went as fast those few flakes of snow that happened to stumble into our day, landing on the green grass where our cows were roaming while smiling and hoping the grass would grow just a bit higher. Along with the gift wrap, the fancy sparkling lights, the tinsel and all those baked goods you thought you needed to bake to have on hand for the company who, I must add never showed up; everything disappeared or was packed away without a thought, till next year.

Oh yes all the effort you pulled out and heaped into it is already starting to fade till next year. Well not everything will fade; the memories of family time, those will indeed linger. The memories that will once again have you rushing around pulling out those incredible feats of strength, endurance and super powers you never knew you had again for next year. The marathon baking, marathon shopping for groceries in stores jammed packed with people, shopping for the perfect gift for people you have no idea what, and if they even want or need anything. You will once again be surrounded by other super power yielding, sleep deprived people in those stores doing exactly the same thing; trying to buy a perfect Christmas.

I have to tell you my Christmas was almost perfect, except for the fact that our daughters were absent but we made the best of it with Skype and spending time with both sides of our families. Christmas Eve spent with nieces and nephews and listening to those giggles and shouts of glee as the wrapping paper flew and the toys were revealed. Memories of your own children long ago and those same giggles and shouts of thank you’s and shouts of joy. Memories like that never fade.


Christmas day and spending time with my own Mom and siblings eating turkey, with Mom’s own dressing recipe and all that laughter and noise that had her sitting there smiling. I have no doubt remembering us as children with all that noise and laughter once again. My sister Tess cooking, while the rest of us enjoying and being so grateful. Notice the “so grateful” always leave yourself lots of room for next year’s dinner invitation.

Well Christmas is over once again, but I have a memory that will stay with me forever. Tucking my own Mom in her bed after that busy fun filled noisy Christmas day and asking her how she enjoyed the day. “It was perfect, but I need to sleep now” and my wondering if when she had tucked me in so very long ago I had answered the same way. Hoping we will all do it over again next year?

So, all that effort is definitely worth it if only to have and to hold on memories like that. Don’t you agree?


 If anyone needs some banana bread, let me know. Thanks Tess it was so special. See you at our next Christmas dinner….. right?

Later


39 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post, Buttons. I am sure that as I make the six hour drive home tomorrow I will be reliving the wonderful memories of this Christmas.

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  2. What a sweet, loving post Buttons. Oh, save that banana bread, it makes the best French toast ever!
    Can we come up there for Christmas next year?

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  3. I agree . . . the memories make for some really special "gifts!"
    Happy New Year . . .

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  4. Oh I also agree. If we can't make the memories with our loved ones we can bring back the memories of those other Christmases. Have a great week!

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  5. I agree to . It was a lovely Christmas regardless of the no snow . It is a frosty one this morning though but looks like the sun is rising so a good day . Thanks for sharing lovely post and photos . Have a good day !

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  6. Yes, Christmas was lovely indeed. Now to look forward to what lies ahead in 2015!!

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  7. It was indeed a pleasant Christmas. Glad yours was as well. I hope you get many more good memories with your mom too. As for Banana Bread, it is yummy! Especially if it has black walnuts in it!

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  8. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas, Buttons! Hopefully the girls did too, creating new memories, although missing you too, I'm sure. As for the banana bread...I think I have some bananas that are begging to be made into something before they spoil!

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  9. Happy to hear you had a special Christmas! I don't eat bananas - but I'm sure my boys would enjoy it!

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  10. A lovely sentiment. With one sibling and one son on the west coast, my parents long gone, my daughter, SIL and grandkids came over. My birthday being Dec. 26th, it was perfect.

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  11. I've often wondered what it would be like to be part of a large family at Christmas....but our tiny family had a good time too.

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  12. Lovely, lovely after Christmas post....

    Happy coming New Year's,
    Tessa~

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  13. Happy to hear you had a perfect Christmas! Isn't Skype just the best?!

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  14. Oh, I could eat a nice chunk of your banana bread about now. But you are just far enough away to keep my months long diet in check ;) Look forward to spending time with you in 2015 while reading your blog. Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  15. So glad you had a happy Christmas and that your mom was there with you. I love that you have a sister named Tess. You don't here that very often. But I have a granddaughter named Tess.

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  16. It's funny how it takes so long to get everything for and cook and bake and is over so quickly. You need a holiday just for a rest afterwards. Glad you had a good time.
    Lynne

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  17. We did minimal this Christmas, with no family over and just the two of us it was nice and quiet. I only baked one batch of cookies and still have half of them! I think -015 will be a good year with lots of changes for people.

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  18. i am so glad you had your mom and her smiles another christmas. :)

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  19. So Christmas comes as a mixed bag. We have many things to do in preparation that sometimes seems a waste. Then we have all those good times with relations and friends. Putting stuff away seems sad.

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  20. Buttons, I love that first image!!! And I so envy you being so surrounded with noise and joy!!! I had a very quiet Christmas...

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  21. Seems you had a lovely Christmas. It's good you had family to have a meal with. I don't like people being on their own at Christmas. Hugs M xox

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  22. You are very blessed.

    Happy New Year.

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  23. Oh, how i enjoy your posts. Thank you for the feel of Christmas - and the 21st century magic of Skye . . . wow! My great grandmother would have been so happy to see all these new tools . . she was so progressive . . . I come from a family of performers - I was officially referred to as a :trunk baby: - and, I am still not so comfortable with the Traditions so many people share (although i do enjoy hearing about them) - Me?? i got to join a group of chums at a Chinese Restaurant . . . where we laughed and shared our hopes for 2015 . . . It's all lookin' good from here . . Hope to read more of YOUR Story in the year to come.

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  24. Looks like you had a great Christmas. Have a wonderful New Year!

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  25. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!

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  26. I commented but I think it got lost in the snow just like my mittens.

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  27. I know, it goes by so fast...... I am exhausted... It is a good thing it only comes once a year! I was wondering if you would like to trade that banana bread for some oatmeal spice cake.....:) Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed New Year, Buttons! xoxo

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  28. I'm glad you were able to spend Christmas with your sweet mom. Happy New Year to you!

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  29. I was worried about you. Christmas without your kids is a hard thing, but it sounds like everything turned out grand. I love that you and your siblings were able to come full circle. What a great comment about tucking your mom in. I remember when I spent a week with grandma in the hospital and I tucked her in at night. She would giggle like a little kid. It was nice. I am glad you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a very happy and healthy new year. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. How wonderful your Christmas must have been, all except your girls not been home - but isn't Skype great to be able to keep in contact.
    Wishing you all the very best for the New Year
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  31. Abraço de Ano Novo com Votos de muita felicidade,
    Feliz 2015.
    AG

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  32. I am so glad you were all together (virtually or actually) - and how special for your mom and her children. I hope you have more Christmases together, all as special.

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  33. I know you would have liked to have your daughters there, but it sounds like you made the most of the situation and enjoyed those who were near. Banana bread sounds great!

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  34. No matter where you are, Im sure it was a party when you arrived! xoxox

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  35. I am dragging my feet about taking down Christmas decorations. Since I was a little late getting them up, I guess I'll take them down on New Year's Eve tomorrow. We are COLD here. I think you left the door open!

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  36. Lump in my throat! Reading this today is so timely for me as I put my ornaments away today and was getting sad....not because I was putting the stuff away...the memories....of when I was a kid. I have the old ornaments, the ones like when I was a kid. And this year we even had the big lights on the tree. Buttons, I tell ya, this parents getting older thing is really hard. Really, really, hard.

    Cindy Bee

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  37. Just the post I needed today :) it is always worth the effort B xxx

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  38. I am happy to hear that you had a Merry Christmas!
    I hope you enjoyed your New Years Eve as well!!
    :)
    Best Wishes!

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