I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family, friends, and the other people you care about. I wrote yesterday about traditions that come and go, or get modified. One of the traditions that has endured (at least for me) is the family group photo at any event. This goes way back to film days, even so it has endured these many years.
Yesterday we spent a total of seven hours on the road and visited and ate for six hours. The drive home was difficult but certainly worth the effort. I took a day off today, knowing that a day like yesterday is really tiring and with the weather so unpredictable I wasn’t sure if we would stay in Des Moines or be able to get home. Anyway as I sit here reflecting about the day it was very satisfying. I got to meet two new people who either have been or will be (hopefully) added to the family. I also remembered those who couldn’t be there for one reason or another and those who have gone on before us. It was a day to savor and enjoy.
When we did get home Mark’s significant other, Taylor, joined us for a small Christmas exchange and then (old foggy that I am) it was off to bed. Jeanne pulled off a pretty good trick on me and completely surprised me with her gift to me. When she smiles the world is brighter and that is the Wonder of Her.
Saturday we will enjoy Angie, Ben and our wonderful Grand Children and Mark and Taylor will be here too. So a few days here and there and a new tradition is born. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday I was telling you about Asbury’s Holiday Tradition. We bought our home when it was a year old and there were not that many other homes in the neighborhood. In fact there were less than 20 on our street and the three or four side streets. There was nothing but farmland behind us so it was a small little community within a community.
We moved on Friday December 18th and at that time Angie was eight and Mark was a couple of months shy of two years old. Everyone was tired and so we were sleeping in on Saturday.
I had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the lustre of mid-day (actually it was around 9:00 a.m.) to objects below, when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a big red fire truck, with a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Yes every December the wonderful guys of the Asbury Fire Department load up the fire truck with candy and Santa Clause and go all over Asbury greeting the children and throwing them candy. They blow the siren constantly and have all the emergency lights on. With Santa Clause waving at all the children and his elves with him he dispenses his candy treats.
So this year I was thinking it was around 10:00 a.m. when they would come by our house. I was just puttering around when I heard a commotion in the garage. When I opened the door there was my little grandson with eyes big and wide explaining to me “Papa, he’s coming soon, Santa will be here soon, come watch.” 🙂
And so the tradition continues. They start around 9:00 a.m. and finish up now around 3:00 p.m. so you can see our little community has really grown. It is a wonderful event put on by the volunteers and it brings a lot of happiness and joy to lot of children both young and old.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I’ll have more tomorrow. Enjoy your day and be careful.