We don't ever go to a lot of preChristmas parties anyway and there were fewer this year. We didn't travel, spent less time at the malls chasing the perfect gift and have put the focus on being together. This is out of necessity but it feels much better overall. I do miss the build up a little but the focus really does become about spending time not money and energy. Today that begins. Meghan arrives mid afternoon and we are all so looking forward to it.
We have ten days of family only and then our very good friends join us for two nights. With our Christmas tradition of a Christmas Eve after church fondue, Jerri's birthday on Christmas Day and family on Boxing Day we are all feeling very satisfied with our choices.
This year more than most, I am truly grateful to everyone who has been in my life and encouraged me with your love and support. The peace I am feeling is not taken for granted. I know there are many hours of Physio and pain ahead of me, but I look at from where I came and smile. I'm on the right track.