…it’s time for our traditional Christmas puzzle!
Our Christmas celebrations have changed over the years.
When the kids were young it was a magical time of experiencing it through their eyes. Those were the days of anticipation, advent calendars, (or homemade Christmas chains), candy canes, and watching Christmas specials on TV.
We had a tradition of going for a drive as a family on Christmas Eve to look at the Christmas lights. I still remember the first year the kids said they didn’t want to go out to see the lights; it was the first time it really hit me that they were one day going to grow up and leave home. Ugh.
There was a season in my life when the Christmas season was difficult to get through. Personal losses made me wish I could ignore the whole thing. I’m thankful that season didn’t last for too many years.
Now we have grandchildren and everything is new again! I love shopping for the grands and being with them for an early celebration at the beginning of December! This new tradition we’ve established of going back to Canada early in the month means that Gerry and I settle in for a quiet Christmas back home and we’re establishing new traditions that include the annual Christmas puzzle. We shop for it right after Thanksgiving when we’re choosing gifts for the kids.
This year we chose a Yorkie puzzle and we’ve got the edges done (edges and corners first!) and have just started to work on other sections. I anticipate we’ll be spending some time in our dining room on Christmas Day, not feasting on turkey, but working on the puzzle. Oh we’ll have turkey–what’s Christmas without turkey and all the trimmings–but not in the dining room. I’m looking forward to time to read, take walks, enjoy my husband’s crepes for breakfast, read, work on the puzzle, prepare the turkey and stuffing, read, eat chocolate, and did I mention read?
Whatever new or old traditions you follow this season I wish you a Merry Christmas filled with blessing and joy. And while you’re here, I hope you’ll take a moment to leave a comment and let us know what some of your favorite traditions are this season.