I must admit that we don’t usually get our Christmas tree this early. But, this year with Lillia’s Nutcracker rehearsals and performances taking up several weekends, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I’d rather do it early than be rushing. And, all of the snow we got recently makes me feel festive. We always have such a nice time at Homestead Farms, complete with horse-drawn sleigh rides and fresh apple cider donuts.
Our second Christmas at my parents’s house was really low-key, which was great. The kids had all day at home to relax and enjoy and decompress from their first Christmas, so spirits were high and everyone had a great time (there was even some Christmas-themed BINGO!). It was wonderful to spend time with my family; I really wish I got to see my brothers more often.
From “A Christmas Carol” by George Wither:
So now is come our joyful feast,
Let every man be jolly;
Each room with ivy leaves is dressed,
And every post with holly.
Though some churls at our mirth repine,
Round your foreheads garlands twine,
Drown sorrow in a cup of wine,
And let us all be merry.