This week we’re talking about how we’re celebrating Christmas this year. Like everyone else my plans will be different this year.
We usually have a huge family breakfast on Christmas Eve with my husband’s family. We’ve been doing this so long I can’t remember when it began. Everybody brings some food, and we spend the morning laughing, talking, and eating. My sister in law makes a delicious punch that we demand every year. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it.
We don’t get to have that dinner this year. The breakfast is held at my niece’s house, but she and her family have covid. Plus, four other family members have it. So we’ve rescheduled for January.
On Christmas Eve night my granddaughter invites both sides of her family to a big dinner at her house. I enjoy seeing everyone, and there are enough children to make the event feel special. We always buy a gift for all the children. It’s fun to watch them get their presents. We’re not doing that this year either. Our county has the highest Covid infection rate in the state, and she doesn’t feel comfortable getting such a big group together.
Christmas Day will be pretty much like it always is. My sons are coming over with their families, and of course my granddaughter will be there as well. We’ve all taken precautions during this time so we feel our gathering is safe. We’ll have a big lunch around one thirty, and then we’ll enjoy getting our Christmas presents. I have to confess that in spite of thinking everyone is okay I’ve had a few second thoughts about that lunch, but unless someone gets sick I guess we will do it.
After all the excitement is over we usually watch A Christmas Carol on TV. It has to be the George C. Scott version. It’s the best one.
No matter how you spend your Christmas I hope it’s deeply satisfying and joyful for you. And next year maybe we can return to our well loved traditions. Merry Christmas to you and yours!