I am writing this whilst being snuggled up in one of my favorite blankets, sitting cross-legged in Mama's rocking chair. The beautifully lit Christmas tree is to my left, and one of my little sisters is getting the Charlie Brown Christmas movie up and ready on the family TV to my right. My Dad is on the phone with my grandparents in Peru. My brother is on his way to the family's house to spend Christmas Eve night/Christmas Day morning with us.
I might go to a friend's house later to watch Christmas movies late into the night. We'll see.
I bought The Holiday last week. Still haven't seen the whole thing. I'd like to though. Maybe tonight. Or tomorrow.
I went to my church's Christmas service tonight. My Pastor read the Nativity story, we had communion, then everyone in the church stood in a circle around the sanctuary. We each had a candle and my Pastor began the lighting chain. He lit his candle, said what he was thankful for this year, and passed the flame to the person's candle to his right. It went all the way around the room. When my candle was lit, I said 'I am thankful for God's forgiveness and that His love never fails.' That was the only thing I could think to say, honestly. This year just emits those truths.
And I am so so very thankful for Him.
Tomorrow morning, we'll all get up early, open gifts, make and eat homemade cinnamon rolls (with cream cheese frosting!), and just spend the day together. Mama has a delicious clam chowder dinner planned.
Saturday, I open at work, get off by 12 noon, then head to my aunt's for a huge family reunion/get-together.
And Sunday...oh my gosh, Sunday, peeps, I'll be headed back to Peru. For the third time. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing and in shock and wonderful and exciting it is to know that I get to go back to my home there. Which reminds me, I need to squeeze 'finish packing' into this weekend.
Oh and did you see the full moon tonight?! It's the first one that has happened on Christmas in 40 years.
Well, I'm going to go make myself a cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream. And I'll probably grab a piece of pie while I'm at it.
Merry Christmas, lovelies. You are wonderful and bless me tons!
Comment what you and your family are doing for Christmas!