We enjoyed a nice Christmas at home. Jamie and I weren't feeling good for some of it, but that's the nice thing about our quiet day at home - we could rest when we needed to.
I was really hoping to make it to Christmas Eve church service, but I was still badly crashed by that afternoon. So, we gave up on that plan (with much relief), had our dinner, then snuggled into the family room to watch It's A Wonderful Life together! It's the first time Craig had seen it, and Jamie hadn't seen it in about 6 years, so it was really fun to share one of my favorites with the kids. Of course, Craig made fun of me when I cried at the end (as I always do!), but Jamie said, "I can see why this movie could make you cry." I love it!
Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around, it leaves an awful hole, doesn't it?
...You see, George, you really had a wonderful life!
We did get up off the couch to briefly make an appearance at our neighbor's open house on Christmas Eve...and we even changed out of our sweats (briefly!). I probably shouldn't have gone, but they are such wonderful people and are so kind to us. We only stayed for a short while, then came back home to read our traditional Christmas books around the tree before bed.
We all managed Christmas morning OK and enjoyed opening our presents and having a big breakfast. We pulled off some great surprises, including a ping-pong table for the boys and a new TV for their games in the basement (to replace the 80's-era one they were using!). If you're interested in reading about the books we got as gifts, check out my book blog. By afternoon, Jamie and I were both feeling crummy, so we spent much of the day reading and watching movies.
Jamie barely made it to the dinner table, then collapsed back onto the couch, in the dark family room, curled up in a ball. No matter how many times I see it, it still breaks my heart when he feels so bad. He went up to bed at 7 pm, but he's feeling much better today, thank goodness, and is having fun with his friends and his brother and their new toys!
I hope all of you had a merry Christmas, too!