Hello everyone...welcome to the very last FFF of the year 2017. Thanks for sticking with me for another 52 posts of purposefully being grateful for good things in our everyday. Hopefully it made a difference for you as it did for me. So onto last week. There was so much to be grateful for this week of Christmas but I will stick to five.
~all the kids safely home for Christmas~ Oh my word... if nothing else this is the one that made my heart burst and for which I was most thankful for. As my kids have grown into adults with lives of their own, one married and two living 5 - 7 hours away, and jobs that come into play, some Christmases we've missed one or the other. But this year, despite the winter roads and bitter cold weather, we were all together. Four wonderful days! The best gift!
~celebrating the birth of Christ and 2 family birthdays~ Christmas celebrated this year with both old family traditions and making new ones as the family grows and changes. I love celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus and keeping the focus on the real reason for this magical season. This year I really liked that Christmas Eve fell on a Sunday. We don't always get to make an evening candlelight service so it was really nice to be able to go to church in the morning.
And then my daughter has a Christmas day birthday and mine is this week also so on Christmas Eve day after church we went as a family and celebrated with all you can eat sushi. We usually always go out on the date of my birthday but this year we won't all be together that day so Christmas Eve it was. It was so much fun and so delicious. And it totally kicked off a 3 day feasting fest.
~feasting~ next to family being together, I love the feasting that comes with the holidays. Yes I unashamedly love food, especially food that goes with holidays. Christmas Eve was the finger food deliciousness of the yearly open house at our niece's home. I usually cook a turkey Christmas Day but this year we had my Dad at our holiday dinner and he's allergic to turkey so I made pork loin and at my birthday girl's request...perogies and stuffing. LOL. It was delicious and turned out pretty awesome except for the perogies sticking together but I tried not to worry about it too much. Seeing as there would be no dripping to make gravy from and we needed it for the stuffing, I tried Jamie Oliver's make ahead gravy and oh boy what a stress reliever and so good! Then Boxing Day for my mom, my brother in law made the turkey. It was sooo good. I'm so very thankful for the blessing of being able to celebrate with good food.
~the gift of beautiful Christmas Eve sunset~ On our way to our niece's for the Christmas Eve open house we were gifted to see this gorgeous, frosty cold coulee sunset. God really is the best artist!
~sleeping in~ after all the feasting, visiting, extra activity and staying up late I have so appreciated being able to sleep in this week. No dayhome, it's my holiday week from work and it's been so nice just to relax, sleep past that 6:10 a.m. usual alarm and just let the day go where it will.
Such a busy, wonderful, celebratory, family and food filled week! What were your favorites from the last week?
Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year! Looking forward to a whole new year of celebrating the blessings in our lives at the end of each week .