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Day 93: The Gift of Christmas

It’s over.

As fast as it was Christmas in the Way house it is officially over. The visiting company is gone, the decorations down and put away and the Christmas Tree is waiting in the back yard to go to “chip up” and with any luck used for some good compost for other Christmas trees to grow strong and healthy. As much as I love the holiday season, I need a holiday when it’s all over. The amount of work it takes to prepare for Christmas and be in every moment of each event, dinner, breakfast etc. It’s amazing really. I never thought of all the entertaining as a GIVE until my Mother brought it to my attention. I think she thought I was going to loose my marbles at one point with the work involved every day. I’m going to share with you my Christmas GIVE list that was for my family and friends over this past week. I know many of you that had the same GIVE list and it needs to be recognized for all we GIVE back to our families. We do it unconditionally with love in our hearts. Isn’t that what giving is all about?

Give 93: Day 93

As a Mother and wife I have taken on a traditional role during the holiday season. I have such fond memories of Christmas when I was a child.  I like the season to have all the trimmings and I like to share that with my family and friends. This year Christmas was at our house every day with our family and friends. I do the work from cooking to cleaning to grocery shopping without thinking about it. I do it because I love my family and I want to make their holiday memorable and tasty! I GIVE in this way unconditionally and tirelessly as it feeds my soul and I take care of everyone. I consider every aspect of Christmas as multiple GIVES as we entertain, cook, clean, non stop grocery shop and all the other details it takes to making everyone that comes through your home feel welcome and full!

Our story of Christmas GIVING is a mutil day journey and the story starts here:

T’was the Night before Christmas…

1) Hosted Christmas Eve diner for both my mother and Mother -in-law.

2) Christmas morning featured a full clean up after gifts were opened and eggs Benedict with freshly  squeeze orange juice is a favourite of my husband’s for breakfast on Christmas Day.

3) Christmas Dinner #1 (with all the trimmings) was delivered to a Mom that needed an extra set of hands on this special day.

4) Christmas Dinner #2 Friends and Family for dinner with all the trimmings at our home.

5) Clean house, round 2 of grocery shopping as family from Ontario arrive for 4 days.

6) 3 nights of cooking and entertainment for our family.

Ok, I’m tired now. New Year’s Eve is tonight and all I want to do is sleep through it. I gave from the bottom of my heart this holiday season and I may be a little tired, my hands a little chapped from dishes, but I wouldn’t change a minute of it to have the time with my family and friends over the holidays. We feel truly blessed.

Time Commitment: Hours I never even thought of counting

Cost: A few groceries, a few bottles of wine but all part of the Christmas spirit we are happy to spend

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