Christmas Wishes

Happy Holidays –

Blessed Christmas Wishes to you all!  Is everyone ready for the Holiday?  I know I have all my gifts bought, but wrapped? Well, that’s another thing entirely as I’m sure some of you know:)

This year in the Ingle house (well it’s really the Shaw house, who are allowing the Ingle’s to stay with them since the Ingle’s are currently homeless!), we will be celebrating Christ’s birth early on Christmas Eve.  We will be getting together for brunch and then sharing gifts, visiting with the family and enjoying the newest grandbabies on their first Christmas!

Tradition-

Traditionally we would meet at my parents house.  We would have a small snack and then head to church for the Christmas Eve service.  Then it’s back to the house for another snack (of course) and then share presents.

As our children have grown and moved away, travel time has had to be taken into consideration.  We really don’t want our daughter’s family (1 1/2 hour driving time) and our son’s family (1 hour driving time) to be out on the interstate late at night.  So, we opted for brunch instead of supper.  This way no one is out on the road during the dark.

I know that as everyone’s children grow up and start their own families, they also start their own traditions.  Because of that, we are all too aware that we may have to be flexible around all holidays.  That’s okay, because just being together is the important part of a family.

***Update – I failed to mention that we also have to be flexible around the holidays with our “middle child” (lol Amy).  Amy lives in Tennessee, so seeing her during the holidays becomes even more problematic due to her job and our jobs.  Carl went to see her over the Thanksgiving Holiday but I can’t get down there until the 2nd week of January.  She does have friends she will be sharing Christmas with, but being so far from her tugs at our heartstrings.

Although I missed putting her in this post, she is never far from our thoughts!  Sorry Am!

House update-

As I mentioned above, and in other posts, we are living at my parents house and are so grateful to have a place to lay our heads.  We purchased a fixer-upper.  We thought it just needed some cosmetic updates, but when you open walls and pull up floors you sometimes get more than you bargained for as you can see from these pictures:)

Master bedroom
Master bath

As you can see in the master, once they pulled up the bad floor, the subfloor was also bad and needed to be ripped up.  The master bath shower fell apart when we tried to change out the shower handle so we have to re-do the entire shower now.

I know you can’t really see the picture of the main bath very well, but there is no floor at all!  Water damage.  The kitchen was gutted as well.

Main bathroom
Kitchen

Okay friends, these are current photos of the house.  I took them a couple days ago, but as of last night, they haven’t changed.  Our contractor promised me that we would be enjoying Christmas dinner in our new house.  By looking at these photos, do you think we will be in the house by Christmas?  I highly doubt it!

It was our Christmas Wish that we would celebrate the season in our new house, but that may not actually happen this year.

Light bulb moment –

As I stood in the living room last night waiting on the electric company to turn the power back on (oh wait, forgot to say that we are having the electrical panel upgraded so the electric has been off for a few days), I felt like crying!

It finally hit me that we are not going to be celebrating Christmas in our new house this year.  I felt helpless.  There is nothing I can physically do to help this process along.  It’s all in the hands of the contractors.

But then I remembered something very important.  It doesn’t matter where we are living when we celebrate Christ’s birth.  It just matters that we do celebrate it.  It matters that we give to each other as He gave his greatest gift to us, His Son.  It is in that message that I am so humbled at the gifts he has given to me, my husband, my children, my family, my health, friends, a job and yes, a house.

I had gotten caught up in the idea of being in a new house and decorating it for Christmas and then sharing that with our family and friends.  I had momentarily forgotten the most important reason for the season.  Jesus Christ.

My Christmas Wish for all of you is that you will also remember the reason for this season and try not to be caught up with all of the commercial hype and the stresses that this time of year can sometimes bring.  Rejoice in the season of Christ!  Celebrate with your family and friends, no matter where you are!!  Have a very Blessed Christmas!

 

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