Thursday, December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas on a (just hectic enough) Christmas Eve
7:36 AM on Christmas Eve. One little girl is sleeping just a closed door away from me, so I've tiptoed myself to a cup of tea, grabbing this last quiet moment to wish you Merry Christmas. The other is out in the cottage (which the 3-year old calls "the cabbage" in the same charming blend of cabin and cottage that the 7-year old delighted us with a few years ago and has since abandoned), in the room next to her parents, who arrived last night. She'll be bounced from that prime real estate tonight when we'll have two more adult couples needing beds. Haven't quite figured out who gets what room, where to put the two porta-cribs for the 9-month old cousins, and where the girls' singles will nestle, but it should all work out, although my machines may weary of changing linen for the musical beds....
Found this treasure when sorting through drawers last week: a Nativity scene drawn by my daughter when she was 5. Such fun to show it to her daughter!
Pater has been back and forth, back and forth, boat and wheelbarrow hauling grocery bags and cases of wine and we think we have almost everything. He'll pick up the few missing items when he heads over to pick up the two families this morning. Unlikely they'll coordinate, so the poor guy will have to make the trip twice, but he never complains. Hasn't even scowled over the line-ups and the crowded aisles at the grocery store. What a gem!
I've one last gift to finish knitting, but if it's not done on time I suspect 9-month old Eloise won't mind too much. I've got tomorrow's dessert to bake and a few gifts to wrap and I have a feeling things may get hectic for a while.
But we'll be together, missing our Rome contingent but chatting with them on FaceTime. There's a tree and lights and books and music and good food and many memories and so much love (I'm hoping there won't be a jibe or a squabble or a tear or even a wail from the 3-year old, maybe even one of the moms and dads, but let's get real. We're not in a Hallmark card!)
I hope you have some of the same at your house--wishing you a very Merry Christmas and hoping you have a very Happy Holiday!