My Christmas was a very quiet one, spent alone in St. Petersburg, Florida; but, that was good in its own way. It gave me time to reflect on the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas and to have a much needed rest. I have wonderful next-door neighbors who are the owners of Grayl’s Hotel. Mary Grayl, her mother, and her sister-in-law Pat stopped by to see me, and we had a lovely visit.
Pat's gift to herself - a beautiful, life-sized, carved wooden egret which has pride of place on the piano in Pat's St. Petersburg, FL house.
The day after Christmas my youngest daughter Ginny drove down from Virginia with her two children Picco and Chiara and my oldest daughter Mary’s son Sean. They stopped in Greenville, South Carolina, to pick up one of Picco’s friends and he came along with them. Wednesday night we’ll all go to the airport to pick up my daughter Becky, her husband Roberto, and their children Sofia and Michela. I’ll have a full house once again! They’ll help me welcome the New Year.
The Christmas lights are still up in the park across the street from my house, but Santa, his sleigh, and his reindeer have “returned to the North Pole.” The lights are still beautiful, and we’ll get to enjoy them through New Year’s Day.
Santa landed his sleigh this year in the park across from Pat's house.
Wishing you a most blessed 2007…