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Thursday, December 26, 2013

‘Twas the Day after Christmas…


And all through the house – blah, blah, blah, and so on.  Sounds “Grinchie,” doesn’t it, but all in all I can easily mark this one down as a successful Christmas, a joyful Christmas. 

As The Nancy and I have done for many years, we spent Christmas day near Grafton, West Virginia with family.  Here, the grandchildren are getting older (soon to be 19, 17, 15, and 13) and as one might suspect, Christmases are tremendously different than they were just a few years ago.  I could say one of the greatest differences is the variety of gifts the children receive.  Where the room used to be littered, that should read as “overly littered,” with toys of all sizes, these days the gift boxes contain mostly apparel.  The few “toys” they want and get are of those of this digital age – electronics.  These kids are techno savvy, and it shows via the variety of the devices they carry and use almost constantly, but they are well dressed when they use them.

As the children age, it is easy to take notice just how much the tone of our interactions have changed, the kids can actually carryon an adult-like conversation, even though they are often punctuated with word “like” and an impulsive childlike giggle   The Nancy and I find ourselves rather enjoying the grandchildren at this age.  They are more like young adults than children, especially the older two.  Last night I was having a conversation with the eldest grandson (17) about his desire to go to medical school after college.  This is a change from the last time we discussed his future when he spoke of a career in engineering.  At least he has an eye on his future, and that is thrilling to me.  Wow!

We stretched out the Christmas Holiday as best we could yesterday.  Ours started about 8:30am and we were on the go until after 9pm, as probably were most of you.  The bed last night was a welcomed convenience, for sure.  In years past when the kids were young, Christmas day began much earlier.  A mere few years ago The Nancy and I were often a wakened very early morning, long before sunrise by kids excited beyond their capacity to withstand it.  The older they get, the later the morning begins, and that, my friends, works very nicely for us.  The Nancy was more than happy to sleep until 8 yesterday morning (and 8:30 today).  I awoke at almost my usual time on both days of about 0600.

The best part of this holiday for us is that it is not quite over.  We all refer to the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as the Holidays, and what a wonderful week this has always been, and one I have always looked forward to – it’s my favorite week of the year.  And tomorrow it continues with a visit by two daughters, a son-in-law and our two youngest grandchildren for the weekend.  I hope one year we can get them altogether on a Christmas day– that is my ultimate Christmas dream.

This has truly been the Best Christmas Ever.  I could not have asked for it to have been more.  Well, maybe I could have asked to win the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery, but that may have been going a little overboard.

And that is all I have to say about that…