Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bittersweet Holiday



This is my favorite time of year.  I love all the sights, sounds and smell of Christmas.
I love the lights, the decorations, Christmas music and the smell of cookies and candy...



But my favorite thing about the holiday season is spending time with my family and friends.  It means so much to me to have a very close family and friends whom I consider family.



My dad is making his famous divinity candy and peanut brittle.  He had been hanging lights outside and stocking up on firewood.



My mom is busy decorating the tree, making baskets and fluffing the house.

Most of you know that my parents live in NC, (I live in Texas).  I had planned on going home for Christmas.  I was so excited and looking forward to be home with my parents.

I am not going to be able to make it home for Christmas this year...
I know they are disappointed, but not as much as I am.  I am heartbroken...


However, the spirit of Christmas and the love my family has for each other
will bring the many miles between us together.   Christmas just isn't sights, sounds and smells.  It is a feeling of love, gratitude and thankfulness.


I am very thankful and grateful for such wonderful, loving parents. 
It is very hard to live so far away from them.
My parents understand the feeling I am having, they moved far away from their parents shortly after they married.  They know the heartache and longing to be home during the holidays.    I may not be there in person...



but I will be there in spirit and love.    


I will be going home in the middle January. 
 Hopefully there will be some peanut brittle left over!

10 comments:

Old Fashioned Kitty said...

Merry Christmas Cindy! I hope to see you next week for Witherspoon's Christmas Party !! All is welcome to come to the party too!

TexWisGirl said...

living far from family requires some sacrifices. in the 27 yrs i've been in Texas, i made it home to Wis for 1 Christmas.

Linda said...

I'm sorry you will be apart from your family this Christmas...I understand...my parents live across the country from me~ I'll be there in spirit, too!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh Cindy - so sorry to hear you won't be able to be there for the holidays - but January is so very close...And it's the proximity of spirit that matters most of all....but I already know that you already know that....Wishing you a wonderful week ahead....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (Love your carolers!!)

Bead and Needle said...

I hate the distance between myself and my folks ESPECIALLY at this time of the year, Cindy - they in Denver, and us in Vegas. Sending wishes for a peaceful week, with special, happy thoughts of home! XO Tanya

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

Well said. My middle child was transferred to the West Coast right after Thanksgiving. It's hard to be separate, but our closeness hasn't skipped a beat. You're so right about the power and beauty of strong emotional connections.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I have sent up a prayer that the lord will open a way for you to be able to be with your family this Christmas. These are the times I wish I had extra cash, I would purchase your ticket or better yet, charter a private jet to get you there much faster. GOD is able!!! I know it.

Keep asking GOD in Jesus name, the bible says to ask in his son's name, make your request known to him. So I am asking the lord to make a way for you...

GOD bless you and keep you safe.

Zuzu said...

Such a lovely post, Cindy. My children are grown and living so far away, but you have captured Christmas in a nutshell - the love brings us together no matter how many miles are between us!

Vicki said...

So sorry you won't be with them on Christmas. Something tells me there will be plenty of peanut brittle left for you.

Dave said...

You're so right...Christmas is the time of year to spend with family and close friends. My father died just before Christmas last year...my mom died several years ago. My brothers are all spread out across the country...which is both good and bad! (o: Fortunately, I have my own family to be with and a couple of my brothers and I, along with my 100 year old Grandmother will be able to spend some time together this Sunday. I know we all will be thinking of those who won't be there...

Have a great Christmas...and I'm sure there will be peanut brittle left over...how could it be Christmas without it!!!