It is early morning on the day of Christmas Eve and all is quiet in the house … for the moment.
Very soon the air will be alive with voices and activity:
Gwamps,Gwamps! Let’s play, Gwamps! Gwumma, what we gonna do next?
A contented baby’s chatter will sprinkle through the rooms. The kind of chatter only other babies understand, but we grown ups joyfully listen and respond to because this is the beginning of good communication. And really, it’s just plain fun chatting with a tiny one who thinks they know what they are saying.
The piano will resound throughout the house as Gwumma and Little Man play and sing their unique rendition of Jingle Bells, which consists of Gwumma singing and playing the notes while Little Man tinkles the higher keys, singing the same phrase over and over at the top of his lungs.
Gingerbread houses may or may not get decorated today.
Christmas goodies may or may not get baked today.
Some outdoor activity will surely be included because it’s snowing, and the marshmallow world is begging for new footprints and happy voices.
There will be some kind of sports blasting from the tv for those who don’t understand that Christmas means lovely Christmas music, and Christmas movies, and fragrant candles burning. This is the result of adding sons to the family, much to the Cowboy’s delight.
There will be good conversation snatched here and there among the busyness of little people.
There will be naps to smuggle, goodies to munch, and a new boyfriend to meet.
There will be a seafood feast for dinner, followed by a Christmas Eve service. Then time spent around the tree, the traditional gift of new pjs opened just before bed.
But most of all there will be togetherness. There will be living, laughing, and loving. It will not be forced. It will be achieved through the knowledge that, being scattered across three provinces, we rarely get to be all together in one place at the same time. So these moments will be cherished. Treasured up in our hearts, as Mary treasured up all that occurred around her on that very first Christmas Eve. And we are grateful. So very grateful.
If you would like to read a Christmas poem I wrote this year, you can find it here.