We did it! The tree is up! And we watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I have always wondered what was wrong with the Grinch. To treat the poor little Whos down in Whoville like that is one thing, but I always felt sorry for Max, the dog. Max was so cute and lovable. It just wasn’t right. And do you know what’s even worse? I still get upset about that and it’s just a cartoon!
Well, we are happy with the tree. Colorful lights, blue ball ornaments, and homemade kid-ornaments all over it. There is a sad part of Christmas for me. Even though I have a new blended family that I love dearly, there are two homes for my sons. They have to divide the time instead of having one place. It hurts all of us. I don’t get to spend the entire holiday with them. They are pulled in two directions. Kind of makes me a little grinchy sometimes.
But the more I think about it, the more I realize it’s better for them. There was not much love in the house the last few years of my first marriage. Now they can have two places where they are loved without the stress. Now they can have Christmas – not once, but twice! It is my hope that they are happy in spite of the touch of sadness each year. I know we will have a great time!
Now the challenge is the rest of the family. I have been accused of showing up in Texas, causing problems, and running off back to Tennessee. Can you believe it? To be accused like that! At Christmastime?! How can they possibly believe that I would do something so mischievous and… sorry. I can’t write that without laughing hysterically. Guilty as accused. I guess I’m the one that everyone else has to struggle to get along with. I may be hard to like sometimes, but I do make them laugh.
So much of Christmas is the time you get to have with your family. How are you going to spend your time with family this year? I will enjoy and savor every second I get with my guys and will love the experience with my extended family, as well. Enjoy your family this Christmas. Love your family this Christmas. If you are feeling really brave, try to like them, too.