Friday, December 30, 2011

So This is Christmas...

I have struggled this year not to give in to depression.  A rollercoaster of emotions, really.  Christmas is so different the older I get.  Our family is separated by many miles, and even continents.  It was a different kind of Christmas, but still JOYFUL!  We stayed home for Christmas.  It was the first time since Troy and I were married that we won't see my in-laws.  It's sad!  I miss them dearly.  I forced myself to get the house decorated, as it's just not Christmas without the decorations all up, inside and outside.

Outside Decorations

 It's been a restful week, and I have enjoyed a much needed vacation.  My mom came to celebrate with us.  She helped me get everything together, and even made her crescent rolls.  She hasn't made them since dad died almost 15 years ago.  It really meant alot to me.  She and Maisie had fun rolling out the dough and making them. 

We had some friends over for Christmas this year, since our family was unable to get together.  We went to church, and then enjoyed dinner and the traditional family Bingo.  We ate and laughed, and ate and laughed.  So fun! 

I have enjoyed trying to squeeze in some time to art journal.  I am taking Dawn DeVries Sokol's, Doodle 12.31, Holiday Art Journal workshop.  I am really behind, but I am plugging away this week.  Here is a sample of a few pages:

So this is Christmas....A small taste of our wonderful Christmas celebrating together.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our house to yours! 

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." -Charles Dickens

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