Yesterday, we celebrated Christmas with my extended family. Over the years, the group has expanded and contracted. Like all families, we’ve had births and deaths, marriages and divorces, and moves. Last year, we were seventeen. This year, we were six.
Each year has its own flavor and its own special beauty. The crazy chaos of young children’s excitement is its own glory. But yesterday, I enjoyed the quiet which gave me the opportunity to converse with the adults my nephews have become. With our more intimate group, we could all share in one conversation. A whirlwind of excited children might have been more festive, but would certainly have made conversation difficult, and at times impossible.
That’s not to say I didn’t miss my grandmother who has passed away or the family members who were unable to be with us due to distance. I’m just glad those of us who were able to be together continue to share in the tradition that is our family.
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