Okay, I wouldn’t be a Grandfather if I didn’t show some snapshots of the Grandkids on Christmas Eve, so here they are. But I will also tell you I won’t show anymore for a while. 🙂
I love to watch Josh as he has a lot of these moments and you can just tell he is deep in thought. There is usually a profound statement or question that comes shortly after one of these looks.
Gabby got this pink purse and the little brown horse, which is the softest little animal I have ever felt. But shortly after opening those gifts, she lost all interest in presents and instead wanted to play with some of the familiar toys that we have here for them. She didn’t even open a couple of her presents and Angie had to open them and show them to her. 🙂
Of course this was Austin’s first Christmas and he was more interested in eating the Christmas wrapping then the gifts. Although he did get a little toy that lights up and plays a nice tune and when ever it was turned on it garnered his attention.
Fun Christmas Eve watching the kids enjoy their presents. I did way better than I deserved from Jeanne and my children. After gifts were exchanged we went to the candle light service at the church and then Christmas Eve was over.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for stopping by the blog and following my photography. I work every day to get better and to show interesting images. I am hopeful you find enjoyment in some of them.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Christmas Eve to you and your family. Christmas Eve has always been so special to me. As a child growing up we always had some of Mom’s homemade soup and sandwiches, then off to church where I usually dressed up as the ubiquitous Shepard for the manger scene.
We would then stop by and see Grandma and Grandpa who only lived a block away. Then it was home to look for the sleigh tracks in the yard (which my Dad made) and then opening our presents. I always took my presents to bed as they were meager but so precious to me.
Christmas traditions are so important and to this day they bring warm memories flooding back.
One tradition I used to do with my kids which, brought me great joy, was to take them to Toy R Us (when we had one) and let them roam the store to pick out anything they wanted. We did this on Christmas Eve afternoon and Angie told me a few weeks ago that she really loved those times. It was so much fun watching them make their decision. It always took Angie longer than Mark as she weighed out the differences. Mark always seemed to know right away what he wanted.
We will celebrate with our kids tonight. Angie and her family and Mark. We will have a light supper, then church and then well who knows with bedtime schedules. But it will be time spent with the people I love so much.
Today at work I will celebrate another tradition. I always have lunch with my friend Steve and we toast a glass of wine to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Then it’s to the mall to do my Christmas shopping. 🙂
I hope you enjoy your day and are able to spend it with people you love and admire. Thank you for listening to my babble all year and for viewing my images. My promise to you is to do better in 2015.
Have a Merry Christmas and as always please be careful.
Merry Christmas to you and the people you love. Christmas (as I’ve often been told) is about tradition and the traditions we grew up with and share with our children. I’m also acutely aware that life is about change. It is always changing and evolving. Very few things in life remain the same. Even our beliefs over time are subject to some modification and perhaps even change.
So it is with this Christmas of 2013. For the first time in 66 years I did not celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional sense. Normally that involves a lite dinner, Church, and presents with the family and kids. But life is after all about change. Your family grows up and older. People pass away and people intertwine their lives with another and pretty soon the traditions become blurred and obscure. New ones emerge but they too are fleeting and soon become more of a memory than reality.
Jeanne and I celebrated a very unusual Christmas this year. For the first time in the 37 years we have celebrated Christmas, we did it by ourselves. Not with a small dinner but with a roast beef complete with the trimmings. Not with church but with the watching of the marathon of “A Christmas Story”, not with our children and grand children, nor even the dogs (they are at the kennel) but by ourselves in our recliners looking at the Christmas tree with all the blinking lights and ornaments from Christmases past. With no anticipation or excitement about the wrapped gifts beneath the tree, they will be opened at a later time.
As I sat there in the dimly lit room and gazed at my life partner I thought to myself… “This is okay, life is about change and as long as we have each other we’ll face the changes that come with or without the traditions of years gone by.”
So I say again, Merry Christmas to you and the people you love. Hold them close and cherish them because you just never know. To my friends (whom I cherish) I say thank you for your friendship, it is a gift that I am unworthy of but I shall continue to strive to be so.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Safe travels, enjoy the day and be careful.