posted on Dec, 17 2016 @ 06:52 PM
Thanksgiving is the time that we usually have our family reunion. This frees up family to participate in their own individual Christmas traditions.
This year for a huge variety of reasons, only a handful of my humongous family could make it, so we invited everyone we knew that had no family
locally or no family at all, to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. It went amazingly well. In fact it went so well that we decided to repeat it for
I feel so honored and humbled to have so many people that want to have Christmas dinner with us. The word was sent out that all that have no place to
go for Christmas are welcome. I am still getting calls from people that want to come. My numbers are up to 45 at this point and may go as high as 60
or more. The largest number of folk I have entertained at my house was around 75, that was including the children in the count.
The kids love coming out to the country. They love that they actually have to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandma's house. They
love interacting with the horses, cows, goats, chickens and turkeys. They think of it is a cross between being at a park, a petting zoo, the lake, and
the woods. There is just so much to do outside, that they actually forget about their video games and TV most of the time they are here.
As Night Star states, "life isn't always rainbows and lollipops, I can surely attest to that, as I am going through some really tough times right now
myself. In fact, I doubt I will even be in my home come this time next year, so I hope this will be a joyous and memorable Christmas, that will be
shared with family, friends, friends of friends, friends of family, and those that just don't want to be alone or want a good meal.
This really is my favorite time of year, because it is a time that people share the joy of just being in the company of others. I wish all of you a
Merry Christmas and I hope the New Year will come with happiness and blessing that will carry us throughout the year to come. Though life is sure to
also come with hardships, some pain, and some suffering, may we remain strong and courageous through our trials in life.