Pivotal Christmas Moments
We arrived at my parents' at 11:30 a.m. and everyone was already there except my sister Joannie's son, Glenn who came later after working at Music World. We had the traditional cheese balls, crackers, egg salad sandwiches and these toasted cheese melts with walnuts that disappear immediately! Gotta get my mom's recipe for that!
The next few hours were spent talking to everyone, especially my nephew who has been working in Germany, and my niece, who has been in the States at school in Ohio and then in Houston. I hadn't seen them in a year. Then, Joannie's 26 year-old twins were so neat to talk with too. They're cute and bubbly and very entertaining!
My 87 year-old dad was in fine form and because it was so mild, he demanded that we all go outside in the back to have a group photo. It was priceless trying to get organized with the camera tech savy, and the "NOT SO" people setting up their cameras on the BBQ, trying to figure out how to set them on auto, and then attempting to run back into the photo in 10 seconds! Some were tripping over tree roots, the BBQ cover and even their own feet in the scramble! We had to do it about 6 times! It was absolutely hilarious!
As always, the present-opening was a hoot too. I wish you could have heard and seen the room filled with all these fun, lively people, cracking jokes and yelling out funny comments as we all revealed what was inside the wrapping . The room was just a'buzz. A sociogram exercise with the wool you see in the sociology textbooks would have been amazing!
And of course, after all was done, my dad handed out the traditional envelopes with their generous gift enclosed, in a manner of great ceremony and emotion. He got us all choked up as we watched his eyes tear up, saying how proud he and mom are of this wonderful family and how much they love us.
In the usual procession, we all went up one by one and hugged them both, and my dad got choked up even more, reaching for another kleenex. Naturally, this evoked the same response in us, as we all calmly looked around at each other, taking in and savouring the precious moment, now a freeze-frame in our memory.
That is always the pivotal moment of Christmas for each one of my family and this year was no exception.
Do you recall having any of those this Christmas or in the past?
Mother of Invention, cherishing my family even more now.