This is going to be a story about Christmas with my grandchildren, presents from my daughter, and some interesting cards I’ve received.
I had planned on staying longer with my daughter’s family, but because of bad winter weather coming on I went home before the cold hit. This morning I went to the Post Office to retrieve my mail that had been on hold. It was exciting to open the Christmas cards. Each card was a reminder of love and friendship. I am so thankful to God for family and friends.
True to Swedish tradition we had the Advent candles. As David put it, they are “half Swedish,” so they need to have some Swedish traditions. One thing that we used to have for Christmas was rice pudding. The kids like it so much they have it every Sunday.
Something very American has been added to the tradition: pumpkin role. Some will have the rice pudding with cinnamon and milk. Here we have it with jelly and whipped creme. David has it with chocolate chips.
Here are my beautiful grandchildren ready for Christmas celebration.
Something unusual happened. David sat in my lap! When I wanted to cuddle with him, he said, “Hands off, please!” How I love this boy!
Lana sat by her Daddy when he read the Christmas story.
Brianna organized a music show. Little sister Sarah (left) played an angel. I wish you could have seen how she danced!
Here is this beautiful girl with the Elsa-doll she received from her “mormor” (this grandmother).
Kitty-cat also had Christmas.
In the morning we celebrated Jesus’ birthday. In the afternoon we celebrated the kid’s dad with cheese-cake and presents.
The most interesting gift I received was from my friend Michelle. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What a creative gift!
Since I don’t have a husband who could give me a special gift, I did it myself.
But I have my daughter, and she always gives me a sweet gift. And here are some more:
This is a hand-made bread basket made by my sister Ingrid. I liked that the tree on the card matched the material in the basket.
My most cherished cards were also hand-made, by Brianna and Sarah.
Every year I look forward to the card from my niece Emelie. She is very creative and comes up with the most interesting cards.
Also, every year my sister-in-law Sherryl sends me a picture-card. The family is growing so the cards get bigger. Every year they are just as cherished.
Some people send small cards other people send epistles. This is a fun Christmas letter I receive every year. I’ve done some translation jobs for this man. That’s how I got on his Christmas mailing list. I guess so!
How about a 17-page letter? This one ending with Foot-prints in the Sand?
When your husband has been gone for 7 years and you get a Christmas greeting addressed to Mr. & Mrs. it does not sit well with me. This one is from a “neighbor.” It’s a greeting that “hurts.” If you are going to send out cards, please find out if the people are dead or alive before addressing them.
This one is from and “old” friend. She has passed the 90-mark. Old in years but young at heart.
This card made it to my door without a stamp! Did someone rip it off or was it an oversight. It doesn’t matter to me. Now I have one more interesting envelope to add to my collection. Yea, I collect “odd” envelopes.
This card is from some people I knew in Peru. They were missionaries in the jungle. You’ll hear more about them next year when I write my miracle stories. That’s what I’m going to do. I’ll be celebrating 50 years in missions and I will be writing at least 50 miracles from that time.
Praise God for giving me one more Christmas to enjoy with my daughter and her family. And praise God for family and friends.
Praise God also for all my “unknown” blog-friends. I appreciate each one of you!