Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas in Dixie

I've been listening to all the classic Christmas tunes for a few days now and Alabama's Christmas in Dixie came on and I just started to cry. For many reasons,
1) It did make me a little homesick. I haven't spent a Christmas with my parents in 7 years

2) I miss my dad like CRAZY this time of year. He has been gone for almost 13 years, but every Christmas I think about him constantly. It was his favorite time of year. If it stood still long enough, it had lights wrapped around it. And don't get me started on the baking!! He purchased a BHG Christmas Cookies cookbook in 1985 and every year we baked out of it. It was just our tradition. People still talk about his goodies and it makes me feel so good.

3) I took a moment to just stop. I know this is going to sound sooo cheesy but it's all true. I have never felt more blessed than I do this Christmas. Even though we're far away from our families, I am finally with the person I love most. My true soulmate. I would've never thought that I met him at 15 years old, but I did. And now we get to spend this Christmas as husband and wife and I couldn't be happier. I have a beautiful, healthy son who is growing into quite the little man. We have a roof over our heads, food on the table, presents under the tree, and jobs to get up and go to everyday. We truly are blessed.

This Christmas, I hope everyone takes a moment to just reflect on all you have. Maybe you were like us and couldn't afford all the fancy gifts you wish you could give/receive, but there is so much more to be grateful for. I spent a grand total of $50 on my husband and am incredibly proud of my resourcefulness and can't wait to see his face on Christmas morning when he opens the gifts I put more thought than money in to.

I made everything that we gave to my new in-laws. It's all cross stitches that we framed and wrapped and mailed. Pray they make it in once piece!! Lol. It was incredibly time consuming, but I'm so proud of how they all turned out. I hope they enjoy getting them as much as I enjoyed making them.
I probably won't get another chance to blog before Christmas so Merry Christmas to everyone!!! I hope your holiday is filled with love, laughter, and great food!