Saturday, December 25, 2010

My Small Christmas

I sit here on Christmas morning waiting for my wife to stir, or my daughter's great patience to finally run out. Behind me stands a bank of book shelves, mostly full of books. Behind that is a Christmas tree.

The tree is a short thing of about four feet including the pot. Around it are huddled presents, mostly from outside our immediate family. It has been tight this holiday season, but we are not destitute. I would have liked to have gotten a little more for my family, but not much. As is, it is about the same as in years when my income was better. 

I can't help comparing what I have to tales I occasionally hear from friends who tell me that they can't deny their children anything. I don't know what life is like for them. I simply can't imagine it. I do know when my wife and daughter come down, and we gather around the tree, we will be happy. We will be together. And we will love each other all the more.

I hope your Christmas is as happy and as peaceful as mine.

Merry Christmas!


  1. And having your family gather around you on Christmas morning is the most wonderful thing on Christmas. The years go by fast and having three of my eight children grow up and get married already makes me even more aware of the constant ticking of the clock and the realization that one Christmas morning will find just me and my husband sitting around the tree all by ourselves on Christmas morning with many happy memories of Christmas' past. I cherish each moment and each year with my beautiful family on Christmas morning.