This Christmas Day may go down as one of my favorite ones ever. It has nothing to do with the gifts I gave or the gifts I received, but it has everything to do with who was present in body and who was present in spirit. It wasn’t a white Christmas, but it was the right Christmas indeed, as it was all about family, friends, and relaxation.
Our day began with our family of four, my ex-husband, our two daughters, and me, gathered around the Christmas tree in my home to open presents together. This is exactly how my daughters have spent every Christmas, and the fact that this tradition has continued even after my ex-husband and I divorced three years ago is a true gift for all of us. There is nothing awkward or tense about it at all, and we had a lovely morning together.
Our day ended again as a family of four enjoying a homemade dinner prepared by my ex-husband at his home. We all ate in our pajamas and watched some of our favorite Christmas movies and shows together before my daughters and I returned home for a quiet evening of more Christmas shows and snuggling. As we drove home, my oldest daughter took notice of all of the businesses that were closed for the holiday and remarked, “I love when nothing is open. It makes things more peaceful.” Agreed!
Calls and texts with family and friends who could not be with us punctuated our day, and it reminded me that love has no boundaries and transcends the miles. Even though I cannot be with everyone I care about and love, I still felt connected to them and hope that they felt the same way, too. They may have been out of sight, but they were definitely on my mind and in my heart.
As the day comes to a close, my oldest daughter summed it up perfectly by saying, “The best part about today was that we were all together.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, and I hope that everyone was able to spend some time with people who make your heart happy and leave you smiling big time. Merry Christmas!
Just one thing each day . . .