For the first time in 35 Christmases together, we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on our own. It wasn't what we had planned - certainly we missed being with family in Michigan - but with a winter snow storm across much of the Midwest and very rainy weather in St. Louis we stayed home to keep the basement dry. No, the leak hasn't been fixed yet.
Our wonderful neighbors sent over Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day snack, and friends and family called to talk and let us join in on some of the festivities. We watched several movies, cleaned out a few years worth of papers, magazines, clothes, and other stuff, kept up with the water leak, and watched the light snow that gave us a white Christmas by the end of the day. And we just enjoyed being together and keeping in mind that whatever the circumstances we had each other and the love of God in the gift of Jesus Christ. What else did we really need to enjoy a blessed and merry Christmas?