I think back to the different Christmases in my life - growing up, then starting my own family. There were years of frantically driving between three cities in one day. Later years, a hectic pace with visiting company, usually hosting at least one dinner.
I'm used to hustle and bustle, busy-ness at Christmas.
This is the first Christmas the Rob, Alex and I have spent alone at home.
Christmas Eve we enjoyed an amazing meal, the table all set and glittering with our best china and crystal. Just the three of us, unless you also count the cat and the fish. We opened presents and enjoyed each others company. Slow and unhurried.
Stockings Christmas morning. All day in my pajamas (luxury!). Carols on the radio, candles shimmering, the tree adorned.
Enjoying Christmas Present, wonder-full.