The In-Between Time
Had a nice Christmas. I went to my oldest brother's church for Christmas Eve services. He and his wife were joining their church, and the pastor suggested doing it on Christmas Eve since it was last Christmas Eve that they first started going to that church. Roy asked me if I'd come, and I was happy to. I was especially happy that there was no snow because they live about an hour away off the beaten track (though not as off as some of the places they've lived. LOL). The church they go it is a tiny little white country church. I don't think it could hold more than a hundred people. And it was packed with families. Roy & Marty were surprised and so happy when several of their kids (they have seven & two grandkids they raised!) and grandchildren showed up It was a bit chaotic because the little kids were a bit rambunctious (and not just ours, thank heavens! *g*), but Pastor Steve took it all in stride, and I really enjoyed the service and being with my family. Depending of the weather, I may go there next Christmas Eve too.
Went to my other brother's house for Christmas Day, and it was fun. But, OMG, they buy way too much stuff for their grandkids. And they spent way too much money on me, especially on gift cards. But that's how they are. Far too generous.
We have a cousin, the only living child of our dad's brother. She's alone except for her cousins, and she always comes to Don's house for the main holidays. She doesn't have very much money, at all, living on reduced social security. Last Thanksgiving I had brought my new Kindle Paperwhite with me and I was showing it to her, and she just loved it. So... I bought her one for Christmas. That, the charger, the case, and a gift card. She was so excited, it was wonderful to see. It's the first time I've really enjoyed giving someone a gift for a long time because it was really something that someone wanted who wouldn't be able to get it for herself. For me, that's the fun of gift giving.
And today, I have a touch of laryngitis. Thanks all the darned kids I was around! I'm glad I'm on vacation right now.
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