I know first-hand how a family deals with having a a sick family member around the holidays. My father passed away on December 20th fifteen years ago from cancer. Although he is terribly missed every day especially holidays, we vow to share memories of him and create new memories with our ever changing family. This was the first year I had a child leave for college and having her come home for the holidays has been more joy than ever! Both of my teenage children have enjoyed keeping all of our little family traditions. (New pjs on Christmas Eve, Italian Wedding soup and seafood for Christmas Eve dinner with close friends, lotto tickets and games at night, kids sleeping in the same room, sitting at the top of the steps in the morning) It made my Christmas!
Being that our families do not live close by, we are lucky this year to be able to have some of my husband's family visit this past weekend, be home on Christmas day to keep up with our own traditions, travel to see my whole family the weekend after Christmas, AND have my best friend and her family visit here next week. Now that is more than I can dream about! I may be exhausted starting back to school after the New Year but I will be so happy to have been surrounded by love for over two weeks! That is what the holidays are all about!
Here are a few snapshots of our holidays:
|Gram, cousins, and my kids|
|Hubby and his sister|
|Christmas Eve mass|
|Christmas Eve in our pjs and games with friends|