Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Memories

I just want to thank everyone who left Christmas and holiday messages under my last post and I hope you all had a great holiday.

Yes, it was fun seeing the grandkids, 7 and 6, and watching them leaving food on the front law for the reindeer and cookies for Santa but having mixed feelings because I know we don't have too many years left of them waiting for Santa. And seeing them run downstairs, looking under the tree and yelling, "the wii, the wii,'' just what they had asked Santa to leave. Ah, those moments are priceless.

And for those of you who are grandparents, you know how much fun they are. I asked the 6 year old how much 6 and 5 added up to and she said 11. When I asked what's 5 and 6 and she hesitated and said, "11'' and then added, "You can't trick me.'' Again, moments to savor.

Ane while there was the usual holiday stress to deal with, the weather was rainy in the northeast instead of snowy and the planes were on time. You can't ask for much more.

By the way, we didn't get as many Christmas cards as in past years. Did you experience the same thing or did you cutback yourself? I don't know if this is a trend or not.


  1. FD, so glad you had a nice holiday! We did too. I miss the little ones. Our guys are all grown up, but not ready to produce any grandchildren for us. I am beginning to think I will enjoy when that happnes very much! Yep, we had fewer cards too.

  2. our Christmas card mail has dwindled this year too- actually the last few years... i still sent cards out though... doesnt seem like Christmas to me unless i send out a real card in a real envelope through the u.s. mail, ya know..
    im happy that you had a wonderful Christmas! children do make our hearts want to i dont have grandchildren yet, but i do have 2 grand 'puppies" a beagle and a pitbull... they are soooo much fun!
    sending you wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  3. I love the story about 6 and 5 and 5 and 6. Thanks for the smile.

  4. Sara: I'm sure you'll enjoy having grandchildren if you're fortunate enough to have them. You get to have fun with them and spoil them and let the parents do the heavy lifting.

    Hisflower: I agree that it doesn't seem like Christmas without a real card in a real envelope with a stamp on it. It's part of the fun of the holiday season.

    Sin: I'm glad you enjoyed the 6 and 5 story. It's just one of many in dealing with the grandkids.


  5. FD hi, glad to hear your had a wonderful time with the grandkids. Thanks for sharing.

    Christmas just doesn't seem the same any more. A lot of our friends this year decided not to send out cards. I love receiving cards, I would rather have a card than a present.


  6. Ronnie: So I guess this trend is happening on the other side of the pond, too. Yes, getting cards has always been such a good part of the holiday season.


  7. It sounds as if you had an enjoyable holiday. Happy for you. As for cutting back..we have not done the holiday in any "serious bigtime" fashion since our kids grew up and left. But this year we finally decided to cut back on the card list..not because of economy but because we got frustrated with sending dozens and dozens of expensive cards to people we have not gotten a card from in years or people we haven't heard from in ages. Decided it was time to just let go of a few pieces of excess baggage. Now we will just send to family and close friends that actually mean a lot to us. Everyone else gets e-cards or none. We love Christmas, but it was getting too stressful to have to deal with the trouble of a hundred cards to people we do not really care for.

  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with the grandkids. Our daughter was just getting into Santa for the first time this year and it was really exciting and fun.

    We didn't send out Christmas cards this year simply cause it can get too expensive, especially when most of the ones you send are going overseas. Between the cost of the cards and the postage we can end up spending about $75 just to send Christmas cards. So this year I did something different... made my own greeting using Smilebox and everyone loved it. I think we'll be doing the same again next year.


  9. Hi FD, Thanks for sharing you grandkids with us, Christmas is not quite the same when they are grown, miss that inocent joy they spread. I noticed a cut back in cards this year, but I have to admit, I to cut back on sending cards, Glad you had a happy holliday, The best to you and yours in 2010\
    Hugs Lil Sam

  10. We still send real cards out, but not a crazy amount, only around 40ish. For us, we feel that amount is not that expensive, and it's a tradition still worth keeping. Some things are just better when they're 'real', ya know?

    Cute stuff about the grandkids. Watching the excitement in children is so precious.

  11. I am glad you enjoyed your Christmas. I have been getting less and less cards every year. I received several by e-mail. It is just not the same. Have a great New Years!


  12. Glad to hear you had an enjoyable holiday! We too recieved far less Christmas cards then usual!

  13. I'm glad you had a good Christmas! We have received fewer cards, too, but since i haven't sent mine yet, I'm guilty of contributing to the decrease. Meow