It's been a tough month for me since my Mom's birthday was this month and it's the first Christmas without my parents. Mom always made holidays special for us kids. Her joy in it offset Dad's grumpiness, lol. What's warmed my heart: Receiving Christmas cards from people I didn't expect, and their thoughtful expressions regarding this first season without my parents.
I managed to get one of my little trees up and decorated on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, that's the only decorating I was able to get done this year. This year it was only decorated stitched ornaments -- ones that I've done and some that others have stitched for me.
I can't remember the last time we did not have a white Christmas. Here's the front of The Homestead on Christmas Day.
My brother hosted Christmas... everyone brought a dish to pass and there was so much food: Smoked turkey, smoked beef brisket, baked ham, hot and cold appetizers, mac and cheese, fried rice, shrimp, and the list goes on. Everything was so good!
Giving the thumbs up on cheesecake
We hadn't done a family photo for at least 4 years.
The little ones weren't having any part of it!
Hanging out in the garage - Can you tell he's a gearhead?
Opening his gift
My sister-in-law presented my brothers, sister, and I with a frame she made after seeing one in a floral shop. She put a photo I had taken of my parents back in 2008. Even though they're no longer with us, their spirits and values live through us.
Time to say Bye-Bye
This is my great nephew and my niece.
I hope my readers and their families had a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter, good food, and love.