This time of year I get really nostalgic.  I don’t have a lot of “everyday” memories with my dad’s family, but I do have a lot of Christmas Eve memories.  That was one time we could all go to Grandma & Grandpa Law’s house and know we were going to see our aunts, uncles and cousins…and we have a lot of them thanks to my Uncle Lyle  & Aunt Thea!  😉

I remember Christmases waiting out on our side deck for mom and dad to come outside and take us to Edwards.   It was dark, snow would be falling and so pretty.  I remember sticking my tounge out to catch the snowflakes.  I remember Grandma, always so quiet….but I can still here he calling my dad by his name, sitting in her same chair all the time, holding off the dogs because she knew I was afraid of them!  I remember Grandpa, always happy and smiling and so happy to see us all and always ready and willing with the fiddle or banjo.  I remember the cousins, all of us, going out to play in the snow and tossing snowballs or throwing each other down in the piles of snow. 

I remember the food….especially my mom’s cheese ball!  Most of all, I remember the love.  We still have the love, we just don’t have all the people anymore.  My Aunt Bonnie, Grandma, Grandpa, cousin Eugene (Rip), Renee…we’ve had heartache in the Law family at young ages.  I still love them all and miss them all.  This is the hard part of the holidays.  People grow up and leave, people pass, and nothing is the same anymore….except we all still love each other as strongly as we always have. 

I guess that is where the heart of Christmas all lies….the love in our hearts for our families….and for those of us who are Christian minded – knowing that this is the time of year that Christ was born out of love for us.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Enjoy your family and loved ones.  If your old traditions are gone, its time to start new ones to remember, I know this year, for Grumpy and I, that is exactly what we are doing.  New friends, new area, same family but different homes.