Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Best Christmas EVER

In the words of my 4-year-old nephew, Tommy, Christmas 2008 will go down in the books as, "The Best Christmas Ever." Even though it's probably the only Christmas he remembers so far, it certainly was a grand day because it meant his daddy is home for good, "so he's ours again!" As much as I love celebrating Christmas every year, I have to admit Tommy was onto something this year. It was so good in so many ways. Not only was Matt home, but Dan's sister was here for the first time in several years, since her move to California. And, did I mention that Joe is home, too? Oh, I guess I did -- at least a few times. On Christmas Day, nearly the whole fam-damily was gathered at our house, under one roof. Life is good!

Without further ado, here's my list for The Best of Christmas 2008.

Best Day -- The troops arrive home.

Best Brother/Sister Duo in a Comedy -- Dan and Carol.

Best Brother Act -- Joe and Luke
Best Christmas Dinner -- As the kids get older, we get lots of help in the kitchen. Everyone took a dish, and made it their own, from Dad's green bean casserole to Em's honey glazed carrots to the lovely relish dish assembled by Chef Luc.

Best Present -- the electronic dart game that Santa brought for the family. We've been having dart tournaments every night. The only thing missing is the bar and the peanut shells on the floor.

Best Christmas music -- The C Family Singers, caroling together again for the first time since 1998.

Best Special Effects -- the soft glow of the Nativity candles and the Christmas tree every night.

Best News Yet -- only 361 days and we get to do it all over again!


Madeleine said...

Looks like a great time had by you all!

How lovely to be with family.

And I had to love the Mets swweatshirt. My whole family is a Mets fan. lol.

Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Trailboss said...

What a wonderful post. I am so happy for you!

Becky said...

What a wonderful day! I am so glad you have made such a great bunch of new memories. And welcome home to your soldier! I salute him and his sacrificial service for ME!!

Bill said...

What a special Christmas for your family! I am so glad that your brother is back where he belongs.

Scrappy Kay said...

Karen, blessings to you and the family. Happy New Year (I hope the best ever!)

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

What a wonderful, happy post! I'm so very glad that Matt is home safe and sound. Tell him thank you again, from us. It's because of him and his fellow soldiers that we enjoy the freedoms of Christmas and every other day in our country.

So glad you had a wonderful Christmas, loved the photos and stories. Happy New Year and here's to an even better year in 2009! :)

Paula @ the Little Young House said...

Hello, Karen! Thanks so much for your sweet and kind words on my blog! I appreciate them so much! Thank you, as well, for your encouragement with our adoption process. We are truly excited, and the waiting is so difficult! But we also know that God has already chosen our child and that he or she will come home to us in God's perfect time. Practicing patience can be so difficult sometimes, can't it?!

You have a beautiful family! Thank you so much for sharing information about them. I have so much hope for the same: a loving family full of smiles! Of course, my husband always makes me smile, but we want to share our smiles and laughter with our children, and we are so excited about growing our family!

I loved visiting your blog! Congratulations on your new's looking great! And congrats on Matt being home safe with his family again! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season.

Best wishes to you and your sweet family for a wonderful 2009! I'll look forward to your new posts in the future!


Kim said...

Ha Ha! Get to do it again in 361 days...I am staring at the crates here to be filled with all my Christmas decs...and feeling not very motivated! :)

Seriously, it looks like you guys had a wonderful holiday and I am so happy to hear you have your brother home. Tell him thank you from our family for his sacrificial service--we salute him!


Susanne said...

What a fun wrap up to the year. "the best" of everything. The pic of the troops coming home just gets one in the heart doesn't it?

Love your nativity candles by the way. Where ever did you find those?

Bev said...

Loved this - full of cozy stuff.

gail@more than a song said...

I loved your best Christmas! Looks like fun memories....I'm so glad for you that Matt is home! And so thankful for people like him that we have protecting us!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I'm so glad your brother is finally home safe and sound! What a wonderful Christmas for you and for his little family...