For many years, now, we have either traveled to be with one of our children--or we have stayed home and the children have come to us.
But this year is different--as a family, we gathered at Thanksgiving at our son's and our daughter-in-law's home in San Diego. And, after braving a 12 hour flight directly from London, our daughter and our son-in-law along with their two little ones joined the gathering. We were all there to witness and celebrate the baptism of our son and daughter-in-law's little girl.
With that momentous a gathering, which was really like a Christmas--complete with gifts for the three little ones--we decided that we would stay in Pennsylvania, our son and family in California, and our daughter and family in England.
But, simply because we are "home alone" does not mean we forgo decorating, baking and celebrating. To the contrary. We got our usual live tree--and had it fully installed and decorated by the first weekend of December. I have baked--at least four batches of shortbread by now--and mailed tins of shortbread to various family members.
I even got out the Advent calendar...though I confess I keep forgetting to update it.
As for gifts--thank goodness for Amazon--wish lists and packages!
So, Christmas day will be quiet--we will roast a chicken (better size for a smaller feast) and make all the trimmings. If we are fortunate, we will see our children via the wonder of Face Time. And all will be merry.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone.