I have enjoyed visiting everyone blog's this holiday season. Everyone has wonderful decorations, decorated homes, wonderful food and memories to share. I was participating, I even joined Wanda's 25 days of Christmas and posted for 7 days in a row. With working a full time job and having family responsibilities...that is alot for me. But suddenly, I am not feeling "IT". You see I have lost 2 family members this year and a good friend and neighbor. I am in a very reflective state of mind now.
I look at photos of Christmas' past, last year and the year before, and now there will be empty spaces. If we had only known that it would be their last Christmas with us, would we have spent more time with them?
I know that the most precious gifts in life can NEVER be found underneath a tree, so how can I get excited shopping at a mall. It's ridiculous. It's meaningless.
I realize that I am blessed with gifts more precious than gold and silver. I called my 4 brothers that live in the area to invite them to my house on Christmas Eve, and they thanked me, and each told me they will make sure they are there. My father asked me to call his brother, my 91 year old uncle, to invite him, because he had such a good time last year, and my 82 year old father will do the driving. My mother-in-law assumed I would again be entertaining and she will be there.
Although I mourn the loved ones that are no longer with us this holiday season, I celebrate those that are still in my life.
In answer to the question, What is the purpose? family and friends is the purpose no matter what the religion or even lack of it.
So I am going to take a little break from blogging to spend time with family and friends. I will check in from time to time to visit everyone, and even post when I feel I have something to share. I wish everyone the best that the season brings.
I wanted to share with you the photo of the Italian paper mache nativity set. This has been in my family since I can remember. I took it with me when I got married, 28 years ago, and I'm glad I did, because I saved it from being destroyed. This is all that is left. One of these days I am going to purchase all of the missing pieces on ebay. But I still have Jesus, Mary and Joseph all in good shape.
Question...I was told only in the last couple of years that Jesus shouldn't 't be put in the manger until Christmas day, because he wasn't born yet. My family never did that. Did any of you?