This was a difficult Christmas for me.
With all the materialistic images of what "Christmas" is suppose to be about, it makes it that much harder for a lot of people who are really struggling this year, like me.
There was no tree, no lights, no presents for everyone piled up awaiting the moment everyone would come over. The joy of seeing the wrapping paper flying while the smell of Christmas breakfast filled the house.
No, this year was much different.
I had no presents for anyone and the closer Christmas got, I couldn't even muster enough creativity to make anything.
Except one thing.
Every year I make all kinds of fudge and this year my son and his step-daughter wanted to learn how.
So with a mini two burner electric stove, we all made fudge!
half plain and half coconut fudge:
white and chocolate peppermint fudge:
half Reese's peanut butter chip
half Heath bar chip fudge:
So a new tradition gets passed on.
We had our Christmas Breakfast at my oldest son's house. I made regular and gluten free bacon cheddar drop biscuits while he made a ham and egg scramble from just laid eggs out of the chicken coup!
I got a winter coat from my youngest that I REALLY needed AND his girlfriend gave me a gift certificate for a spa day! She said I needed a day of pampering. Isn't that sweet?
Then my oldest son's girlfriend gave me a clip on light for my art table so I can see what I am making, uh-oh:)
The best presents were to have my boys, their girlfriends, the precious 5 year old princess, my Beautiful Baby Girl and My Sissy in my life!
What I learned this Christmas:
No amount of money, presents, or lights on the tree can replace the gift of true love of the people in my life.
I learned to receive without having to give, and be okay with that.
I learned that the people around me love me for who I am, not what I can do or give.
And even though I feel like a mess, others see the love and beauty in me.
It was an awesome Christmas!
How was your Holiday?
I'd love to hear all about it.