I feel like Christmas really snuck up on me this year. With wedding planning, which, let me tell you is already harder than I thought it would be, work, and several of my family members getting sick, we've been so focused on other things, the Eve of Christmas Eve came as a surprise to me!!
|This is how I've spent most of my evenings... relaxing with good book.|
That said, I have still been enjoying my favorite family tradition, simply spending time together. To me it doesn't matter if we're making cookies and caroling or cleaning up the living room and running errands; I cherish every moment I have with my family because I love them so much.
J.L. is in Illinois with his family and today while I was looking through the window, observing the weather outside (definitely frightful, but sans snow, mostly dark, windy and dreary), it really hit me that this is my last Christmas as a White--next year I'll be a Phillips. I'm so excited to marry my best friend, but it's a strange and almost bittersweet feeling to think of the change that will come as I embark on this new chapter of life. It will be good change, but change nonetheless.
I know I won't cease to be myself and I won't cease to be my sister's best friend or my parents' little girl, but, like every year, things will be a little different. So this year, as our last year as a family of four, I'm so grateful just to have the ability to spend time with my family and enjoy them as they always have been. I tend to be a bit nostalgic around Christmastime and I can't help but reminisce over the sweet memories I have with my family. At the same time, I'm curious and excited about this time next year! I know someday I'll look back on these days, and even next year, with the fondness I feel as I remember my Christmases as a child, but for today I'm going to do my best to live in the present and relish in the beauty of every moment of this Christmas.
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
What's your favorite family tradition?
Does Christmas make you nostalgic?
Merry Christmas to you!
-Nicole Jeannette White