Is it really only 11 days until Christmas?!  How is it possible?  Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were waiting for winter to be over.  Wasn’t it just yesterday we were watching the Fourth of July parade? Didn’t school just start again for everyone?  I am always amazed at how time flies. I wish many days that it would just slow down, even a little bit!

So what is on my mind this ‘Christmas is approaching too fast’ morning?

Family…of course.  But I will get to that.

First. White Christmas.  Not the movie or the song.  But WHY does everyone INSIST of having a white Christmas?!  I for one, am glad for NO snow on Christmas! Not right before, not during, not right after!  I want to ask everyone who says that, WHY do you think we need a white Christmas?  Does it really make it more of a Christmas?  Is that what it is really about?  For me, Christmas is about family. Living in the midwest at this time of year, snow at Christmas often means missing being with family at this time!  Last year, because of snow, some of my family could not make it here.  I missed them.  I certainly didn’t think, oh that is okay, we are having a white Christmas! I mean, hey, I live in Iowa…we get snow far too much for it to be special on Christmas day. At least for me.  I would rather have my family here every single time!

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I miss these days….the Santa was a rock star days!  I loved loved loved when the kids would get up very early and be SO excited to see what ‘Santa’ brought! I loved getting it all ready the night before and getting up early to get in on all the reactions and the joy of it.  When the kids were this young, of course, there was a LOT more family here!  It is at this time of year that we not only miss all of those gone, but it is hard when we remember losing my mom at Christmas time, then my mother in law the next year at Christmas time.  Sometimes you have to remind yourself to be happy, to remember the good times when they were here! It is such a emotional contrast in my heart at times during Christmas.

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Our lighted tree always always makes me smile.  I love to sit at night with all the lights other than the tree off. I don’t think you can be sad about anything when you sit and look at a lighted tree! I am always sad when Christmas is over and it has to come down!

One of my very favorite ornaments is the one and only one I have from my childhood.

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It makes me think of my mom every time I look at it. One of the most amazing things about this ornament-I posted on Facebook once about it and told that it was one of my mom’s and all I had. One of my friends on there, couldn’t believe it…she posted HER ornament from HER mom…It was IDENTICAL!  I got chills.  This friend, I have told you about in the past. She was the one who was also a cancer survivor.  The one I met in California. The one who hugged me so tight!  I still to this day, marvel at the ‘coincidence’.

At this time of year, I hope you have happy times, happy memories.  I hope you spend it with someone you love.

I wish you all the best at not only this time of year, but each and every day!