It's been a great Christmas season. For some reason, I haven't had my usual winter/Christmas depression. I'm trying to figure out why. It could be that, since I was off work with very little extra money, I just did not worry about trying to buy everybody what they wanted. In fact, I only bought for grandchildren, and didn't spend more than $25 on any of them.
We had a great Christmas day: My daughter's family was here, and Cliff's sister, Charlene, with her husband; my son's two older kids, Amber and Arick, joined us for dinner along with their mom, my ex-daughter-in-law Kat. We get along fine; always have, really. Of course, had my son and his wife been here, Kat would have had the class to stay away. But in their absence, I'm glad she could be here with her children.
I do miss my Georgia son, Jim, at Christmas, and would love to see him, Debbie and the kids. But we get to see them throughout the year, at times that are much better for traveling 750 miles than this busy, bad-weather season.
I believe this has been the best Christmas I've enjoyed since becoming an adult, and I thank everyone who played a part in it; most of all, I thank God for all my family. I wouldn't trade any of them.