And so it is Christmas...and What Have you Done?
Christmas was just me and mom this year. There's all the rest of the family, but they are all in their own homes with their own families and live a couple of states away.
I'm with mom.
I thought it would be a nice gesture to go all out this year in decorations. So last week, I went down to the storage unit, where my life sits in boxes, and found the Christmas Village. I lugged it all home, she designated me a corner in the living room, and I started building the Village.
When that was done, I went back to storage and found the big, white tree in the box and lugged that home, and set it up with all the lights and balls.
I knew mom would love lots of gifts under the tree, even though it's just us two, and of course, only one of us can go shopping. So I hit the malls and outlets and found some shirts and socks for myself to wrap as her gifts to me.
I found sweaters and shirts and candy and lots of different magnifying equipment for her. I got all these things wrapped and under the tree. Then there is all the family.
I made a trip to See's Candies for boxes of candy to be shipped. Certain family expects lemons every year, so those are picked, boxed and shipped. And then there are the Christmas cards that she insists must go out. After several trips to the post office lines, all the shopping and mailing was finally done.
When the Christmas corner was ready, I took her
in to see the finished product and she thought it was great, but couldn't really see the Village as she has poor vision. Then she told me to keep the lights turned off as they could possibly catch fire and burn the house down.
And then, as the Christmas scene is set-up in the living room and our life is lived in the family room, the whole thing has pretty much lived it's short existence in the dark, alone in it's corner.
Yesterday, being Christmas Day, I actually was able to turn on the lights, and we opened all the gifts. None of her clothing fit and none of the magnifiers were strong enough. Next week I'll be back in lines returning everything and looking for other stuff.
Last night all the family called from all over. One call after another. You would have thought they planned it. Siblings, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, all calling to wish Grandma a Merry Christmas.
She was tickled and delighted and laughed and cried with their attention and they were satisfied and fulfilled by ending their celebration with completion. After all the calls, she turns to me and says, there are some friends I must visit next week before the end of the year. And don't forget I have a doctor's appointment on Friday.
I finally went to bed, and as I passed the huge pile of Christmas conglomeration in it's forlorn corner, I thought to myself, when am I going to have time to put all that away.
And so it is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year older, a new one begun.