December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve Day

December 24th has always been my favorite day of the year. There is a quiet anticipation to this day, a warmth, that just doesn't exist on any other day. More so than New Year's, it's the day I spend thinking about the past year and what the next year may bring. I always make a cheesecake from my Aunt Delores' recipe files, and a Polish crepe dish at night for my mom. My presents are all wrapped (except one that I just remembered!), and the house needs a thorough sprucing up. But, we will find time for a board game or two and just spend it together, listening to Christmas music. All month my family has been asking me what I really want for Christmas. In all honesty, I have everything I need and more. What I really want is beyond the power of my family. But, here goes: I want - my brothers, 49 and 57, to get clean and sober and come home and say good bye to our mother before she dies; - my mother to have peace; - my son to have friends; - my husband to be less anxious; - my inlaws to be healthier; and - time to take better care of of everyone I love.


  1. I hope that your wishes come true and that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. I want you to know that visiting your blog has been a joy.

  2. Joan:
    Merry Christmas to you and hope that 2007 can bring you some of the peace and wishes you deserve.

  3. What a kind and selfless person you are, Joan. Your Christmas list just touches me heart. :) I hope you and your family have the merriest of Christmases and that the new year brings mych joy and good health! Inky Hugs!

  4. Those are my wishes for YOU as well. It's so refreshing to see someone thinking of others at a time of year that seems so "me, me, me" oriented. Merry Christmas, God bless you and may you have, above all, peace.

  5. Joan, I was touched by your honesty and openess in sharing your desires for your family for the New Year. I hope it helps to know that there are many of us wishing the same things for our families.
    I trust that the Hope that is the true message of Christmas will give you encouragement and grant you peace. God bless you and your family.

  6. Kelly B (Michigan)12/25/2006 08:19:00 PM

    Blessing to you and those you pray for! I read your blog and have enjoyed it so...thank you for sharing your thoughts and your creativity! I truly hope 2007 brings you peace, love, and hope - as well as to those you treasure.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. I hope the New year brings you joy and peace I lost my mom 5 years ago she was just 58 it was such a shock I never got to tell her good bye or tell her how much I loved her and what she meant to me.I lost my oldest brother last year on 12/06/06 he was only 46 so please take every chance you get to tell your mother how much you love her I will keep you and your family in my prayers
    Hugs Sherrea