Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Celebrations

To us, Christmas means family. With almost our entire extended families in the central Illinois area, the holiday season is filled with family get-togethers big and small. But even with five family gatherings in four days this year, I wouldn’t choose it any other way, because we get to see everyone.

All of my cousins and their spouses children on my dad’s side

Last year, there was a hole in my heart during our Christmas gatherings. I felt so torn being a part of all of the Christmas get-togethers – which were much more subdued than usual, as all of our family members were grieving with us about Brenna’s severe condition – while Brenna was lying alone very sick in the hospital. I had to force myself to just try to enjoy the festivities.

This year, the mood was light. Everyone was joyful. And our Christmas celebrations felt so complete with Brenna there.

There are some new babies in the family in addition to Brenna. The family gatherings are full of children’s laughter, and it warms my heart to see my kids playing with all of their cousins…even Brenna’s getting in on the action!

Adam (6 months) and Brenna (12 months) 
Brenna did think that he was trying to bully her, though, when all he wanted was a little cousin hug, and she turned into a bit of a drama queen 🙂

Brenna loves to watch older kids, but isn’t sure what to make of other babies.
Stare-down with cousin Bonnie
Grandma must be opening something good!

All of the family gatherings definitely wore us out though! Look at those sleepy eyes trying to concentrate on her new present 🙂

This year, I really tried my best to keep things simple – of course it’s easier said than done, but I was done shopping in early December, and I had a good game plan for all of the food I was making for the family parties…and then I just tried not to be consumed with any of the other “fluff” that took away from the true meaning of the season: Jesus’ birth. It made the whole holiday season so much more enjoyable!

6 thoughts on “Christmas Celebrations

  • December 29, 2012 at 4:54 am
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    Beautiful

  • December 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm
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    Beautiful

  • December 29, 2012 at 8:15 am
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    I happened across your blog and just have to say your kids are beautiful! My 8 & 11 year old happened to look on the screen and asked a couple questions, and then said how cute your daughters sweet face is!

  • December 29, 2012 at 1:15 am
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    I happened across your blog and just have to say your kids are beautiful! My 8 & 11 year old happened to look on the screen and asked a couple questions, and then said how cute your daughters sweet face is!

  • December 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm
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    God is good! Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed the pictures.
    Linda Andrews

  • December 29, 2012 at 8:09 am
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    God is good! Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed the pictures.
    Linda Andrews

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