Friday, December 10, 2010

home for christmas?

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

(Lyrics by James ('Kim') Gannon)

DH and I will be receiving our three children, their partners, our two grandchildren and two new, beautiful, oh-so-welcome step-grandchildren at our home this Christmas for a simple, secular, vegetarian family get-together - where a few presents will be exchanged.   Do you celebrate Christmas?  Do you celebrate it as a religious holiday or a secular one?  If you do celebrate, where will you be for Christmas this year?  What do you enjoy eating or cooking for Christmas festivities? 

Wherever you find yourself, may you find your way to incorporate moments of peace, joy and sharing.

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  1. I am going to my son's home and will be celebrating with my lovely DIL and five grandchildren. What fun!!

  2. What a beautiful Christmas photo, Bonnie! Your planned holiday sounds delightful. Simple, secular, vegetarian, and few exchanges of presents — that sounds like a perfect Christmas for me.

    Here in the Transit Notes household, we will be celebrating the holidays with our two children, our two grandchildren, and my daughter's husband. Hopefully, the chaos will be kept to a minimum and the order of the day will be laughter, gratitude, and the opportunity for each person to go for a walk, go to the gym, or do whatever is necessary to find a little refuge for personal reflection. The very best to you and your family!

  3. We'll be at our daughter's house, dog and house-sitting this Christmas, without the daughter and her husband, who will be on tour, promoting their music, and making someone else happy this Christmas.

    This is our first Christmas without children or grands, and it will be hard and lonely, but possibly with snow and fabolous food.

    Happy Holidays, Bonnie.

  4. home for christmas...going next weekend to we can be home...doing a progressive dinner with friends on christmas eve...

  5. Beautiful photo is right George.

    Our family is a mixed bag. We celebrate Hanukkah with the children and Grandchildren close to home on this side of the country and through Skype calls and gift exchange with the children and grandchildren on the west coast. All the children and grandchildren celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas secularly.

    Christmas eve, Honey and I get together with close friends to celebrate Ersatz Christmas. It's a pot luck affair of people we've known since grade school. All of us love the whole month of Holiday celebrations climaxing with New Years Eve fire works. Great fun. Great Joy.

    Happy Holidays Bonnie to you and yours. I do admire your work.

  6. Bonnie, I remember when I played that song by the Carpenters on the telephone to my sister when we lived in Istanbul, and I was so excited to be moving back home.

    We'll be driving to Don's parents for Christmas. They are both in ill health, with life changes too, as they hope to move out of their big home into an apartment soon, so we want to spend the day with them. They are religious, we are not, but we will have a lovely and loving time, I predict, sharing a yummy meal, lots of card games and story telling out of the hilarious reserves when Don and his dad get together.

    The white and red in your image are very happy-making. Enjoy this time with your family!

  7. I love that photo! Is everyone vegetarian in your family?

    This is the first Christmas that Jim and I will not be together. He opted to stay in warm AZ, while I fly off to cold, snowy Chicago. The holidays are always odd since we don't have a home. My sister always opens up her house, and it's filled will laughter, confusion, kids, kids, and more kids, good food and great desserts, and, of course, my siblings! My kids will join me at my sister's house.

    Have a great Christmas!

  8. Beautiful photo!
    Everyone will be home for Christmas!

  9. I had spent a Christmas with the boy friend of that time, in Montreal years ago. I think it was 2004. I still have great snow photos from that trip. We dont celebrate Christmas but new year. We are planning a trip to our beach house with couple friends...

  10. HI BONNIE-

    Your gathering sounds lovely and so full of family and love :-)

    I wrote of our Christmas on my latest post, a brief re-cap here tho- we celebrate Christmas eve at my Mom's/sister's, always such a magical night - we have traditional meatless Italian foods - including the seven fishes. We exchange simple gifts and sing and laugh and pray and remember. Christmas day is always here - and this year my sons new girlfriend Elisa, from Italy is joining us. She is wonderful. We always have smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese for brunch and fruit and coffee, then we open gifts and later I make a spiral ham and quiche, pie and nuts and fruit and wine. mmmmmm. We feel so blessed and fortunate to have love and family and food and tradition - I still will miss my eldest daughter who is estranged - but my other amazing daughter ans son will be here and my grandson too. :-) I will celebrate who is here and in my heart, silently miss those who are not.
    "Merry Christmas"
    Love Gail
    peace and hope for us all

  11. Lovely photo. And your plans sound ideal.

    I'll be home for the holidays enjoying having both boys under my roof.

  12. Pretty traditional, Christmas Eve we will play family games and snack on goodies. All our kids are home, so I'm happy. We have celebrated this holiday many days late in the past, but this year my husband will be home the 24 & 25. Christmas morning we will get up earlier than I like to open presents and then go to church. I will cook the meal - traditional turkey, etc. And then we do something I used to consider sinful... We go to the movie theatre - but we all enjoy it and look forward to it. Seldom do we go to the theatre throughout the year - maybe 2 times. :)


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