Well okay then universe. I hear you.
I got out the Christmas greens and wrapped the front porch railings, it looks nice. I put the two little white reindeer and placed them in the serenity garden next to the Japanese Maple and they look nice too. Then the wind started blowing yesterday and knocked down the reindeer. The bigger of the two - the one with the antlers, now has broken antlers - he looks like a floppy eared rabbit. The smaller of the two fell over and broke his neck. I put them both back upright and looked at them. They are pitiful with their floppy antlers and crooked neck. I think they are just perfect. They remind me of me a little, broken but still standing.
I wasn't going to send Christmas cards this year - we always bought personalized cards with a picture of our lastest adventure. How many trips around the world did those Santa Hats make? Well, I ordered cards last night. Some people may think they are creepy but I like them. I used the last picture I took of Jim (2 days before he died)
- walking down the beach with the dog.. walking into the light.. and I added the caption
July 7, 1958 - August 11, 2010
May your holidays be filled with wondrous moments; past, present and future.
I went shopping yesterday and I'm almost done with gifts for the kids. Not a lot - but enough. There are a couple of other special little touches I want to do - personal things of Jim's that I know they will hold dear.
Jim loved Christmas and I am going to honor him and his memory by making this Christmas about Christmas - the real Christmas.
I have plans to attend Mass on Christmas Eve and then we will all go to our good friends house for a late dinner. I ordered a prime rib yesterday and Anne and I will cook together in fellowship. We will drink a toast to Jim - to all the Christmases he made so special and over the top. I won't make it "over the top"... that was his job. But I will make it beautiful and memorable and peaceful.
Broken antlers and all.