Our second Christmas as a married couple has been both enjoyable and full of blessings. We have each other, Gabriel, our families, our friends, our health – and we are not wanting for any item that we ought to have, while we have many things that we do not really need.
J.R. has been feeling a little under the weather lately, so that put a bit of a damper on our Christmas celebrations – but we had a splendid time still. We spent Christmas Eve together at home, it was different (I cannot remember going to a Christmas day mass ever), but immensely enjoyable. We went to mass together as a family on Christmas day, and though it interferred with Gabriel’s nap schedule, he was a rather delightful baby for the most part. After mass we opened gifts at home, and in the afternoon we visited each of our respective families. It was different, as neither of our families were able to gather all members: my brother had to work on Christmas day, and J.R.’s sister and her family moved to North Carolina over the past year. Hopefully next year everyone will be able to spend time together for Christmas – it just did not feel “right” to not have all of the family together.
As for Gabriel, he had a splendid Christmas, complete with spoiling from his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The day itself was a bit much for him with all of the activities in which we partook, but he took a few shortened naps and acted like the sweet little boy that he is.