We also lost my wonderful Uncle Hugh this year. Oh, how I miss that sweet man. Somehow, his passing felt like I was losing my last connection to my Dad that I loved so much. :( In addition to his loss, I lost two friends in the same week this fall. Both were friends from school.... and seemingly fairly "young". One was lost to a heart attack, another to a stroke... such a painful reminder that life is all to quick and fleeting.
Let's see, to add to the list....my poor hubby broke his arm while playing tennis. (Hey, if ya gotta break your arm, go down swinging!!!) We were playing against each other and I made a BRILLIANT backhand. (I'm writing this story, I can tell it exactly the way that "I" remember it. LOL) Hubby went to chase the shot and ran so fast that his feet ran out from under him. He broke the fall with his arm and wound up breaking the arm with his fall. (Love that last sentence?????)
Hubby has also had an absessed tooth and Ian had a cut on his arm get infected in the past month. Sheesh!
In the midst of all this, I lost my stitching mojo somewhere along the way. I also lost my yahoo groups mojo. I love the groups I belong to...I just haven't felt much like keeping up. I did manage to get the wedding piece I was working on finished. (though not time to iron it yet.)
All that to say....this Christmas, we're "Keeping it Real" at our house. We're all tired and worn down. So, we've decorated "Christmas" light" this year. Our tree is up, and of course, the singing Frosty, the singing Mice and the Dancing Santa are out. (We have a thing for loud, obnoxious sounds at Christmas!) :)
We have a wreath on our door and candles burning around the house. But that's it for this year. This year, we're going to be the people who go to other people's parties. Hopefully next year, we'll be back to being the people who GIVE the parties!
Usually, we decorate by the "if it isn't moving, cover it with little twinkling lights" method. But this year, we're concentrating more about WHY we celebrate Christmas and less about HOW we choose to celebrate.
Be blessed, dear friends...
I "cherish" simplicity.