What is normally a scheduling nightmare, finding a way to coordinate a day when the whole family can get together this year was a dream - for all THREE (there is my mom, Clark's family and my dad) of the family Christmases I have. It all fell into place perfectly. My work schedule, which always seems to throw a monkey wrench or into the mix, didn't even present a single conflict. Talk about a Christmas miracle!
I also genuinely enjoyed my time at all three gatherings. Everyone was in a good mood and all around joyful. There was absolutely no drama and I am proud to report that I did in no way ruin or nearly ruin Christmas for any innocent children (click here for a refresher of Christmas 2011).
There were stockings full of special moments and memories that I will keep with me forever. I was also fortunate to receive so many thoughtful and generous gifts. However, there is one gift that I didn't expect at all but one that I will never forget.
I am one of those people that saves and reuses gift bags and boxes from birthday and Christmas gifts. This year, in the midst of wrapping presents, I was digging thought gift bags I had kept from previous years when I found this near the bottom of the stack:
It caught me by such surprise! My heart jumped in my chest and I instantly felt warm and tingly. It was like Simon's little way of sending me a present. And what a gift it truly was. I will cherish it forever.
I hope that this year, Christmas (or your holiday of celebration) was not just tolerable but a little extra magical too!