Today was Christmas lunch with my siblings. After our mom passed, we realized that old traditions would be extremely difficult to continue, and things would never be the same.......so we came up with new ones. Since my siblings all have children, grandchildren, and some of them great-grandchildren and everyone is scattered, we decided on a siblings only lunch the first Sunday in December.
One brother didn't make it today, but both sisters, two brothers, and our sister-in-law, the wife of our oldest brother who passed away right after our mom were there. We had a great time, just sitting around talking, laughing, enjoying each other's company. We don't do gifts.......the gift is......time with each other.
Today was so special, I looked at them all, and thought about how each of them had helped to shape my life. I looked at them and realized that each of them had been there for me, when ever I needed them. I looked at them and realized how very lucky I am.
Sadly I know there are families who are estranged, where members don't speak to each other, and there is constant drama. I am so grateful that we have survived as a family without resorting to all of that craziness.
Age is creeping up on all of us, and each of has some health issues that we deal with, but my sister's living room was filled with laughter and love today......there was a loving family there.......and tonight,
life is good. It was a wonderful family holiday.