Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas 2018

Makayla Waiting for Christmas
December 24, 2018
Cat and Dog Sleeping Together
Christmas arrived last evening while Chris and I were watching The Polar Express. We save that movie for Christmas Eve. Sadly, last evening a tradition was broken, I did not read The Polar Express book to any of our children or grandchildren.

We had a busy Christmas Eve. Brunch was fabulous, everyone came and celebrated with us. That was followed by a quiet day culminating in church and then watching the movie.

Some funny things happened the day progressed, yesterday.  The animals brought a lot of joy to our hearts amid the wrapping preparations. At one point both Makayla and Finnegan were looking out the door as if waiting for Christmas to arrive, unfortunately, Finnegan speed me with the camera and departed while I was taking the shot. 

Finnegan as Santa Paws
And then there was the cat and dog sharing a sunbeam and sleeping together in Finnegan's bed. That doesn't happen often.

Chris did a bit of last minute shopping and arrived with a new outfit for Finnegan. He was a trooper and tried it on, serving a Santa Paws for a brief time. It was cute, but not really becoming. 

The Christmas Eve message at church got me thinking. It was about how we have Americanized Christmas and it has changed from the original meaning of the day. The pastor made the comment that in Puritan America in the late-1600's that celebration of Christmas was outlawed. 

My how it has changed. The changes beginning during the first half of the 19th Century when Alabama and Louisiana became the first states to declare Christmas a holiday.

But, that is a story for another time.

Have a great and blessed Christmas Day.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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