Family Time Together
Snickers is inside watching me place the luminaries
which were lit during the daylight and on into the night.
I clicked this from the outside at her looking at me from the inside.
The luminaries are prettier at night, of course.
We had huge plans to take family photos
and as usual, not a one was taken.
Suzie's and Mike's home.
I walked in the door, still with my coat on
and my daughter immediately asked me to sit
by the fire with Jordon for a picture.
Start clicking pictures as soon as
someone enters is the answer, I guess.
Fondue is a Christmas Eve tradition
which began in Iowa with my parents and brother
fifty plus years ago.
The location has changed through the years
and the faces of those sitting at our table
has changed as well.
Years ago Christmas Eve day was a downhill skiing day.
After arriving back home from a day of skiing
we would cross country ski
to church for evening services.
And then . . . fondue when we arrived back home.
For the past ten plus years we
have been invited to Suzie's and Mike's for fondue.
Mike's parents join us.
We had such a wonderful time last night.
It is one of my favorite family holiday traditions.
"Ah friends, dear friends
as years go by and heads get gray, how fast the guests do go!
Touch hands, touch hands, with those that stay.
Strong hands to weak, old hands to young, around the
Christmas board, touch hands.
The false forget, the foe forgive, for every guest will go
and every fire burn low and cabin empty stand.
Forget, forgive, for who may say that Christmas day
may ever come to host or guest again.
William Henry Harrison Murray (1894-1904)
This was a Christmas card I received my first year of teaching in 1961.
It was sent to me from a "sister teacher."
I have used it in some way in my cards each Christmas since then.
This year it is for each of you.
I love your visiting me at Irish Garden House.
Life changes so very fast . . . in less than a blink.
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