We're halfway through Christmas, and it's been fun and is sure to continue so.
I say halfway because the day is over in Australia. This is the first time we haven't been in Sydney for the big day since we moved there in 1988. We've talked with Jay and Lora, Matt, Rachael and Lily, but it's not the same as being there. We realized how much we miss all of them and how we have become so used to having them around.
Having Christmas with Lily the past several years has really made the day very special again. I had forgotten how wonderful Christmas is when you see it through the eyes of a child. We've promised Lily a Greek or Russian Christmas on January 6th when we get back. I hope it doesn't seem like week-old leftovers by then, but somehow I suspect a 7-year-old will always be able to get in the mood for more presents. I am just hoping she isn't expecting 12 lords-a-leaping by then.
On the plus side, this is the first holiday season we have spent with our parents and siblings in over 20 years. We had a great Thanksgiving with Mom and Dad and Bob and Deb in Rutland and are really enjoying this Christmas week with Peg, Sandy, Dave and Jordan. We will be heading over to Sandy and Dave's to open presents soon, and then back again later for the feast.
Everyone gets a bit sentimental at this time of year, but why not? Family, friends - all the people you love and care about. What great people and what a great time. Merry Christmas.