the seven days of Christmas…
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Walla Walla!
We are having a semi-traditional Christmas this year. All of the bits and pieces of our Christmas and family traditions seem to be in place but in a somewhat scrambled order. The Christmas season was progressing in an expected manner until several days ago.
Charlotte had been home for a week when Carolyn’s flight out of Sofia was cancelled. She would have been home on the 23rd but couldn’t get another flight until the 26th. Nick and Kellie are visiting her family in Nebraska and won’t be back in WW until late on the 29th.
Due to the circumstances Jill and I talked about the situation and we postponed the family gift exchange until December 30th. My brother and sister will delay their visits to town as well. We will eat our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of egg casserole and cinnamon rolls, unwrap presents and then have our Christmas Eve clam chowder dinner that night.
Jill, Charlotte and I have done a few things on the traditional days. First we went to the church service on Christmas Eve and second there was the Christmas day turkey dinner for local family and friends.
Everyone was sad when we found out that Carolyn’s visit would be delayed. The youngest member of the family is 24, so “youthful” Christmas expectations were not an issue. Suddenly any and all options were possible. It seems like we have now extended Christmas from December 24th through the 30th – our version of the seven days of Christmas!
Days ago, in the midst of the undecided situation and understandable sadness, Charlotte said well ‘we can just have sausage and call it Christmas!’ So we did: on the second day of Christmas, my daddy cooked for me… two sausages, one egg and some toast…