Christmas All Wrapped Up
Actually we follow our Anglican tradition of celebrating Christmas up until the Epiphany (January 5th). For the most part the presents have been distributed and opened but for us that is not what the holiday is about. And despite all of us including Ben having a nasty cold this has been the most enjoyable Noel since our son arrived into this world.
In a sense the past few days have represented a new birth for me, Joan, Jessie, and Ben. The aches, coughing, runny noses, and endless doses of Motrin haven't robbed us of our joy. On the contrary, we've been reluctant to venture out much because of the cold symptoms and have instead spent a great deal of family time together! And oh what fun we've had.
I spent most of Christmas Eve cooking while Ben watched and encouraged me the whole time. We both had so much fun interacting with one another. Ben got to smell and taste the foods as we prepared the feast. He even helped crush up some cornbread for our dressing!
So despite a good deal of napping in between activities Ben honestly participated more this year than ever. And I can see Jessie maturing into a young lady as she displays manners, humor, and interaction with others in ways that her peers do not. That is a blessing and curse at the same time.
I am also convinced The First Day of Christmas ended with another visit from an angel or a loved one. Joan thinks it was my father. I just know that seeing it occur in a lighted room it was not a seizure. Enjoy the following memories of the last two days...
My Cajun sister-in-law knows fashion.