I am always a last minute Christmas person. I can remember back in the day when we didn’t even put up our tree till Christmas Eve–that was the tradition–and then we left it up till New Year’s Day. Now it seems that people are putting up decorations after Halloween! Not to sound like an old fogey, but I can’t see the point in starting THAT early!
Since we don’t have kids at home, we don’t go all out on decorations any more. In fact, I sold/gave a lot of stuff away when we left Alaska. But I finally put a few things up on our mantel and hung the wreath my friend Tammy made me a few years ago. Today I actually got out and did some shopping, and I’ve mailed most of my cards. So I suppose I am getting closer to being ready!
Sarah invited me to go with her to a gathering of a group called Seek the Peace the other night. The organization works with refugees and has a weekly meeting with young girls to work on self worth and decision making and empowerment. One of the struggles of refugee children is that they often do not feel that they fit in and are sometimes targeted for bullying and ostracism. Unfortunately, the graduation rate for refugee kids in Dallas is very low (33%). Through Project Shine, it is hoped that young women will feel supported in their efforts in many areas of life, including finishing their education. Seek the Peace does lots more (read about it here) but we joined in a holiday party hosted by Project Shine. We took Elle with us and all of us enjoyed interacting with the “Shine Girls” who were mostly from Malaysia and The Congo; we had snacks, made wreaths, and took photos together. Elle made some sweet new friends and it was great to see her talking and laughing with girls from differing backgrounds and customs. She has a tender heart like her mom and grandmother. 🙂
I picked the grands up from school yesterday and we hung out for awhile so Sarah could get some errands done. We had a lot of fun as always. Love having these kids nearby!
Susan and Corey’s kids will be here on the 26th for a week and we are looking forward to that. Everyone’s schedule is off this year so we won’t have all the kids and grandkids at the same time. Bonnie and David won’t be here till the 1st of the year. But I am counting my blessings that we are not so far away any more and we will get to see everyone at some point!
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!