Memories of Christmas– I have many wonderful memories. As a child I typically spent my eve at my dad’s house. Then Christmas day I spent mornings opening presents with my mom then going to my grandparents house.
When I was seventeen, I was married and the military had moved us to Germany. It was the first time I had been away from my family– and it was a long ways away! I was fortunate enough to have some family– in the form of my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I don’t think I had even met them before we moved to Germany. I think we spent the next 4-5 years celebrating with them. Even when we were stationed stateside, we somehow were stationed an hour away from where they were stationed.
After my divorce I moved back to my family (with my children) so we began celebrating between my mom’s and my grandparents houses. Those were some of my favorite times. We always visited and had a ton of food before opening presents.
The first time I hosted Christmas, was also my grandma’s last time celebrating with us. While I try not to allow this memory to be a negative, at times it still slips in. Christmas was always one of the best holidays for my grandma. I miss her so much around the holidays.
At the current time, we balance going between several households. It is actually getting harder as time goes on. There is so much that has to be balanced. Between the many households and the many plans that the kids are involved it. It gets SOOOO hard!
I really wish I had more photos that I have access to. Mine are protected in boxes wrapped in plastic. My digitals are all on my other computer (which I really should back up by now). So, I don’t have to many photos to share with this post. I’m going to share this photo from the one Christmas I hosted at my house– this is one of my favorite. Most of my favorites from that year– have my grandma in them. I didn’t even realize until after Christmas that I missed the signs that it could have been her last one.
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