I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We had the most delightful Christmas Eve with our annual visit from Santa Claus at my daughter Mary’s house in Radford, Virginia. Santa is the most wonderful man and so kind to children. The things he says to them are so meaningful. Everyone gets to pick a button from his sack that he carved himself from reindeer antlers. I wasn’t lucky enough to get one of the buttons with a face carved in it, but I did get one made from the tip of the antler instead. It’s the luck of the draw! Santa’s annual Christmas Eve visit at Mary’s has been a tradition for 18 years.
Even I had a turn on Santa’s lap!
Never too old for Santa! L. to R., my grandchildren Kate, Sean, & Sarah Donnelly with Santa Claus.
After Santa’s visit, we had dinner and opened gifts among the family. I talked to all my children on the phone. Next year, we’ll all be together. Everyone wants to come to Florida for Christmas.
I am thankful for our servicemen and women for the sacrifices they make, being in war-torn parts of the world and away from their families so that we may have a peaceful Christmas with ours. Let us pray for their safe return.
The day after Christmas I am driving down to St. Petersburg, Florida, with my daughter Mary. She and her husband Kerry and son Sean are going to watch Virginia Tech play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, and it will be fun to have them with me for a few days.
I wish everyone safe travels and happy times with their family and friends this holiday season. Next week, I’ll ring in the New Year from St. Pete.
Happy New Year!