Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. Oh wait, grandma now lives in a condo somewhere in Florida and is never home because she is out jet skiing or sky diving or auto racing.
Haven’t times changed? At Christmas, it was always a house full of in-laws (and some outlaws). The crazy aunt, half lit uncle and all their brood. Then there was grandpa with all the jokes that he told over and over. Also the teenage cousin who really didn’t want to be there, but mom and dad forced him to come. Probably the favorite is the guests who tell all about their new car and cruise they went on. And of course their son is a neurosurgeon, and their daughter is a Rhodes scholar.
Now days, it seems everyone has two or three places to go on Christmas. So those who cook (after getting up at 3 a.m. and sticking your hand up the business end of a turkey) either get, “We can only eat a little because we have to be at Aunt Bessie’s for dinner.” Or even better, “We couldn’t eat a thing because Cousin Joe had the biggest turkey and all the trimmings.”
I guess it seems we all have extended families. When it comes right down to it, it is not the food, but the getting together with the ones you love. Our world is moving so fast that we need to take the time to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have.
Enjoy the lights, festivities and family. A little snow on Christmas Eve would be nice.
I know how this time of year affects those of us who have lost a spouse, friend or others in our lives. I try to concentrate on the good times we had together. Sometimes it is hard though. I am so glad I have a second family here at the Senior Center. I always feel better if I can be around those who understand what I have gone through.
If any of you are struggling with emotions this time of year, stop down at the Senior Center and meet old friends and make new ones. We offer a lot of things to do and once you are here, you will have a new family.
Stop down to the Senior Center at 304 S. West Ave. and see what all we have for you to do. I bet you will see a lot of people you know!! Come join us in the New Year.
The staff, board and members wish you A MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.