Thursday, December 27, 2012

Post Holiday Blues

I feel so blessed.
Thank you, my Dear Blogger Friends for all of your lovely Christmas Wishes.
I hope you know that in my heart, I think of each and every one of you and hope you had a lovely Christmas.
Now that Christmas is over, I am feeling the Holiday Blues.
You know how it is.
The preparations, the beauty of the lights, the wrapped presents, the delicious holiday treats.
The reverence for the spirit of the day.
The love of family and friends.
The kindness of strangers.
The glorious upliftment of good intentions.
Then, in one day, it is all over.
You are exhausted. You are filled with memories. You are happy and sad at the same time.
The sound of crinkling paper, the laughter of loved ones, the house full of crumbs and glitter, with the lingering scents of balsam, cedar, cinnamon and cloves, are over.
The tree somehow looks a little forlorn.
And the snow is melted.
The house is so quiet.
So you start filing away the memories. Sifting through for keepsakes, the special moments to remember.
The happy faces around the table.
The tinkling of glasses and laughter.
Sweet Jen and Son Dustin
The Christmas Cheer

Daughter in Law, Erica and Son, Gabe
The Gift Giving

Eldest Son, Gabe

The fun. 
I am blessed with a family that loves to laugh.
The guy's are comedians.
The gal's have a permanent smile. Or a little giggle. Or a big giant laugh with a little embarrassing snort. It's that kind of family.
Every Christmas we watch 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'. They've even come dressed as some of the characters. Remember 'dickies'?
Don't let those innocent faces fool you. They can make you double over. Very unlady-like.
Here's another innocent face. Believe me, all it takes are those eyes. She uses them to advantage when trying to outwit her brothers. She can utter the funniest things while keeping her face just like this. You can imagine what she said about this! (She has two miniature Dachshunds, Peanut and Weenie Baby)
*Notice the Christmas scene on the movie behind her. Clark finally gets the house lit!*
Daughters, Jennie and Heather
They both have this talent. Believe me, I was trying hard not to shake the camera because I was laughing so hard.
They get this from their Father.

Son in Law- Eric, (Heather) Dennis, Dustin, Jennie's Guy, Josh
Besides his beautiful blue eyes (which they all inherited), he has the most wonderful sense of humor.
This comes in handy during hard times.
There was lots of humor during our life!
It kept things in perspective. Sometimes a little gentle humor is all it takes to make it through.
Yes, I am very blessed.
And I never take it for granted.
But the house is quiet now.
Even the pets are asleep.
The fire is glowing.

 There is a new dusting of snow in the hills.

And Christmas Day is echoing in my ears.
I've cleaned up the dishes, tidied up the cushions, swept up the crumbs and glitter.

And now it's just me.

Alone with my thoughts.

But with a full heart.


Now, what about those New Year's Resolutions?  
Have you made any yet?



  1. You are truly blessed with a beautiful family and home! Every family should be this close and happy--it would change the world :) xx

  2. It is a little bit hard transitioning after the holidays. Everyone is on such a high then it's quiet so it can be a little depressing.

    You have such a good looking family! Looks and sounds like you all had a great time together.

  3. Nice family indeed. I miss the Christmas music already. But I'm not taking my Christmas tree down yet. It usually stays up through new years. Now I'm getting over a cold that made me feel blah on Christmas but glad I was ok on Dec 24 with the children here and fun with the 2 little ones running through the house, so I went looking. There they were hiding around the corner, with grandpa as he came from his office. So funny! Hugs and Happy New Year!

  4. It looks like you had such a fun time all together. No surprise then, that it's sad when they've all gone - for now. I think you're so right to keep hold of the happy memories.

    We're still spinning out a gentle Christmas here, but soon it will be time to think of New Year's and maybe a resolution or two.

    Thanks for showing us your fun Christmas!

  5. I always find December 26 to be the saddest day of the year. But then my birthday comes shortly thereafter, and of course, the new year. Christmas is celebrated until Epiphany down here, so the decorations and conviviality continue the full twelve days of Christmas.

    Lovely post, as always, Karen! <3

  6. seems you had a very nice christmas. :)
    Happy New Year to you all.

  7. I'm not a fan of December 26th either! But it was a wonderful Christmas day with my daughter and her precious family. I have much to be thankful for. Your family is beautiful, Karen!


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