Wednesday, December 24, 2008

All Is Calm, All Is Bright

"It came without ribbons, it came without tags, it came without packages, boxes or bags. Christmas can't be bought from a store... Maybe Christmas means a little bit more."

-Dr. Seuss

We have had a magical day today. It started out with a wonderful good morning kiss from Hendrix. I had been feeling a bit sad last night, because I knew I wouldn't be getting my Christmas Eve morning paw pads and kisses. In the 11 years that Elvis was my boy, he always woke me that way on Christmas Eve. But this morning, as if by magic, Hendrix filled in for Elvis and kept the tradition going, by purring softly in my ears, and giving me a gentle little kiss. It was a perfect way to start my Christmas Eve. Happiness. :)

Around noon, I picked up a box at the Post Office, it was from my friend Martha. Inside was a wonderful garden stone, in the shape of a paw pad, and when I turned it over, it had Elvis's name on the bottom. He loved my garden, so of course, it was such a sweet surprise that it moved me to tears. Thank you Martha! I immediately placed it next to a new rose that bloomed this week, and opened fully this morning. A Green Ice rose, one of his favorite in the garden. It has a sweet/spicy scent, and he loved to sit next to them. He just loved flowers. Elvis is definitely here in spirit. I feel him with me even as I type this. :) Martha, you were a part of the magic today, I will always remember you for that! :)

Later in the day, after delivering some Christmas good wishes, we came home and Alan and I gave each other a special ornament. We have been doing that each year on Christmas Eve, since we discovered the Christmas Fantasy in Tilden. They have some really gorgeous ornaments, and it becomes our official first gift to each other every year. One new ornament. Later in the day, we played some serious reindeer games with the kittens, which is always fun. The boys are all tucked in now, and Alan have the rest of the evening to just enjoy ourselves. They are going to be so much fun tomorrow, when they open their presents and socks! I am sure I will have more pictures, so keep checking back!

A Christmas Story is playing on TBS for the next 24 hours, and we will probably watch at least one showing of it. It's our favorite holiday movie, but I have Miracle on 34th Street, the Sebastian Cabot version, saved in the DVR, and I enjoy that one too, and yet, It's A Wonderful Life is also on tonight, so I am not really sure which one will get our attention. LOL. Too many good choices. No matter what we end up watching, I am already so happy this Christmas that I suppose it really doesn't matter much. :)

Well, Alan is almost done making the Latkes, so I am off to dinner. Yep, he is making dinner! Life is good.

From Our House To Yours...



Jama said...

Have a good celebrations today, Carly. Come to my blog to collect your awards.

Terri said...

What a lovely day. Magical indeed. And no one called you the B word???

Enjoy your holiday tomorrow Carly. See you in blog-o-land.

DesLily said...

Merry Christmas Carly! I hope you and Alan and the "kids" have a grand day!

Nancy said...

Hi Carly,
Me thinks that Elvis is sending a few guardian angels your way...don't you?
What a sweet gift from Martha...VERY thoughtful!
I'm so glad you've been having these magical deserve them.

sunflowerkat321 said...

I'm so happy to read about the holiday magic that's happening at your house. It sounds just about perfect!

You know what popped into my head as I was reading about the of your posts in the early blog days...when you fell into the Christmas tree. Your blog has always been one of the most entertaining, interesting, and touching reads out there. You have the ability to bring a little magic into every day.

Warm Holiday Wishes to you, Alan and the boys....


Laura said...

i just cant get over how fast the boys are growing and changing!
Merry, merry to you, Alan and the boys!