I didn’t plan on taking a hiatus from the blog but there were a number of things that happened that made blogging not possible. My mom started occupational therapy in October due to several minor falls she had. That has been very helpful but also time-consuming. As the semester continued there were more papers and projects to grade and I was also trying to get some Christmas projects and shopping complete. My younger sister was taking both of her older sisters on a getaway to Williamsburg right before Christmas so there was much to complete before we could take off.
In addition to everything else the care of my aunt increased. My family had taken on the responsibility for taking care of her and her brother several years ago. My uncle died last fall and as they had lived together it has been especially hard for my aunt. We had some outside care but we still had daily contact and meals provided mostly from my family. She was having more mobility issues as well as being legally blind. Thanksgiving we had her at my sister’s house and I tried to feed her but she just couldn’t swallow much of anything. She died two weeks before Christmas. That of course, added to details that had to be arranged but even harder was dealing with the lost of someone who had been so much a part of my family’s life. There wasn’t time to blog though sometimes I wanted the release that writing brings.
Thankfully, the sisters’ trip to Williamsburg was scheduled after this and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was unseasonably warm which made walking around a delight. It was so much fun to be with my sisters. We enjoyed the time together as we visited the buildings, heard the stories, and saw the Christmas decorations. We got to see A Christmas Carol performed by a descendent of Charles Dickens, who did all the parts by himself. He was remarkable and between acts we got to have a 5-course meal which was absolutely delicious. The last day, we went to a few exhibitions but mainly shopped in the interesting shops. We laughed a lot and enjoyed our time together. It was a great trip.
When we returned it was right into our pre-Christmas Eve activities and getting ready to stay with my sister for the week. Christmas Eve meant church service at my brother’s church which is always special but even more poignant as we listened to my brother preach and my mom sing her heart out on the carols. My sister and I shed a few tears during the service. Christmas Day was spent with half of the family and then another Christmas with everyone the following day. On that night all the family we sat around the piano, which my niece played and sang the beautiful carols of the season. We also sang the silly songs like 12 Days of Christmas which my sister and nephew act out. We laughed and took pictures. We talked about years gone by and looked forward to the coming year as my niece is expecting a boy.
I hope you enjoyed your family during this Christmas. I lost my dad when I was 16 less than two weeks before Christmas so I understand how difficult this time can be for those who have experienced loss. I also have experienced the joy of knowing that we are celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has held my family together through thick and thin. It was great to spend so much time with them again this year. I hope you enjoyed your time reflecting on the important things of life and enjoying your loved ones.
How did your family spend Christmas?