HO HO HO MERRRYYYY CHRISTMAS SWEET SPARK FAMILY!!!!! Tis the season, and today is the day that a hot pot of coffee awaits, with our Christmas tree lit, and gifts are spread out on my bed waiting to be wrapped. My heart has that warm fuzzy feeling, knowing tomorrow we will celebrate early with family on my side. This is the time of year my Mum starts out calm and cheery, with brief visits here and there, and then suddenly is here constantly POUNDING ON THE DOOR AND RINGING OUR CELL PHONES NONSTOP IN PANIC MODE. Last night she was hitting with WHY DIDN'T YOU ANSWER YOUR CELL PHONE...I WAS AT THE DOOR, AND YOU WOULDN'T EVEN ANSWER! LOL LOL LOL! WOW........had to be honest with her, I didn't even know where my cell phone was, and truly didn't hear the door knocking, as we don't have a door bell (by choice)....heehee! Shame on me, or us rather, but ya know, there are times a family just has to treasure that their doors lock, and there is no door bell.
By tomorrow she will appear ever calm, and speaking in somewhat of high pitched squeaky voice welcoming everybody beyond family that she invited long before this holiday season arrived. What is that high pitched voice....??? Grinning....my daughter explains it to her closest friends as her "other" Grandma...the one who isn't being genuine in the moment. Softest chuckle.....there were times I attempted to stop that, or change that "out of the mouthes of babes" explaination ; however it couldn't be more true, therefore I stopped and just let it be. As it is, what it is.
Time and time again I've asked, what can I do Mum, I'm willing to cook here at my own home bringing any and all to your place for our special day....gift wrap, create center pieces, you name it. She just wouldn't have it, tis the same every year. Last night though she finally gave in, and truly I am grateful. I shall prepare my daughter's mashed potatoes (due to her special food allergy diet), and my own sweet potatoes (diabetic style). Hooray for Mum, in her final hours of feeling the heat, and about having a melt down finding out my sister and her hubby will be here this afternoon rather than around midnight, welcomed the thought of a little extra help.
This season is truly about celebrating the BLESSED BIRTH OF JESUS, and not about 600 dishes prepared by one person who two months prior to this event reached out to 30-40 extra folks out of the goodness of her heart, wanting them to know she did THE ENTIRE MEAL AS WELL AS DECORATED HER HUGE HOME SOLELY ON HER OWN. If there is one thing I have learned from my dear Mum, and have done exactly the OPPOSITE it's that focusing on the TRUE MEANING OF THIS HOLIDAY IS MOST IMPORTANT, and done as simple as ever is MOST MEANINGFUL AND BEAUTIFUL. Here in our own home we have a prelit christmas tree (with clear lights~those being it's only decorations), and one single snowman electric light that accents our kitchen counter top. Simply elegant, and truly ENOUGH.
If only you could see my smile...........
, tis one of complete warmth, as well as humble thanks to the Good Lord above for helping me see, understand, and realize early on in life, that some people create sheer terror in their lives when truly so we should be, or could be treasuring the joyous moments awaiting as we gather with our loved ones, in honor of the blessed birth of sooooo many years ago.
May God Bless Each & Every One Of You, as well as your families this glorious holiday season. I send my Love to One & Alllll.......
Angel Blessings Always,