We started celebrating Christmas the day after American Thanksgiving...
by helping to set up the Texas-sized Christmas Tree
and a little boy's Christmas Train under that tree....
almost 3000 kilometers from here!
And yes, this 13 foot beauty is a real tree
with hundreds of lights on it!
Fast forward to last weekend and our Abbotsford family.
We don't have Christmas Card pictures with us and all of our grandchildren,
and sometimes I admit,
it makes me sad.
But when I am sad,
I miss the joy of celebrating three times,
another 700 kilometers north of here.
Our families are spread over the continent,
almost 4000 kilometers apart.
Add to that my parents who live 900 km east of here,
and our daughter -in-love's family
which lives almost 3000 km southeast of here,
we really are spread out!
So I have learned to savour the moments,
the times with each family
and each set of grands.
To remember Jaxon's sheer joy with his gifts,
and Aidan's more mature response.
To be thankful to still have my parents with us,
enjoying three generations of their offspring
and family albums of pictures.
Do I wish for a Christmas picture with all 9 of our grandchildren on it at one time?
Yes! No doubt about it,
but I know that isn't happening so I will enjoy our three Christmases...
and then to there.