Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wishing you all a merry Christmas!

Every Christmas for almost all of the time the four of us had together the girls would try and dress in matching or opposite dress up for Christmas...often home made.

We have so many photos taken (by tripod) of the four of us in our Christmas finery.


Don absolutely loved Christmas and was the centre of any shenanigans going on.


Years ago when both our mums and Don's lovely sister Judy were still alive sometimes there would be over 16 people in the house, often all sleeping where they could...of later years the numbers got fewer...


then Alison our youngest became seriously ill, something she is slowly recovering from...almost there.


We chose then just to have us four for Christmas, because she would need to rest during the day often and we structured the day around her energy levels. I still remember her resting in bed and Don going in, tipping the electric wheelchair back to a lying position and keeping her company till she was well enough to reemerge.


I was so lucky to have so much time with a man who "understood"... life the universe and a bit more.


This year for the first time since 1982 I won't be having Christmas in our home. This time it will be Melissa's turn to puck up that baton... stupidly I didn't put decorations up because i will be away over Christmas...next year I will...I didn't think it would make a difference. I even lent last years Christmas tree out (its a real one in a pot - Norfolk Island Pine). I have been so bloody miserable because there hasn't been a build up...go figure that. I loved our little Christmases...with piles of prawns from just up the coast, and salads, and lots of silly pressies...but the thing is we all realise that Don held the floor at Christmas...he would have us laughing and being as silly as cut snakes, breaking all the rules... as we said in chorus "There's no rules"


I'll be away for a week and hope to do the rounds before I leave tomorrow morning...if i don't have a happy safe Christmas and break all the rules okay; be silly as a cut snake, whatever strikes your fancy. I will be with Melissa and Alison and Melissa's new husband's family so wish me luck. But I somehow feel that where the three of us are, some part of Don will be there also.




























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25 comments:

MeHereNow said...

Oh bless you. Tears streaming down my face as I wish you a peaceful Christmas with your family who love and cherish you more and more.


P.S. When I was in Australia for Christmas I went to Mooball beach just so I could say "I went to the beach on Christmas Day"! Unfortunately the skies turned black and the skies opened! But still I went to the beach!!

FoxyMoron said...

Yep, teary here too. I'm sorry you've been so sad. And of course Don will be with you and your girls. Hope you have the best Christmas you can Therese.

A "silly" Christmas is just what everyone needs this year.

Cazzie!!! said...

Simply wonderful memories. There sure will be more to create each Christmas with your girls and o course Don is there with you all, he is in your heart...huggs to you all and have a wonderful time together :)

Mom said...

What wonderful pictures of a happy family at Christmas time. Hope you have a good holiday with your girl.
I left your gift over at my blog.

Janene said...

Of course Don will be there... always! I hope you can find yourself some snakey silliness as soon as possible! Safe travel and have a very cool yule!!

rosemary said...

Oh, Therese, have a wonderful Christmas......love those girls to pieces and sing merry songs.

Anne said...

What special memories you have! And you will have many more with those gorgeous girls of yours and your memories of Don:-)

Eternally Curious said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours MC!

Citymouse said...

I want to just say thank you for all the support and strenght you have given to me this year--- your words are always so supportive. Those who have left us are never far away. I know that as you do-- some days it makes it harder, but those live have changed our own. So this holiday, and in the new year, may you find peace.

Sling said...

Don will always be there Therese,as long as there are people who remember him.
Merry Christmas my friend.

cs said...

Hi MC! I tried to post the other night but it wouldn't go through...finally!

Merry Christmas dear friend! How was it at the in-laws? I bet you had fun and Don was laughing all the time at you! I love these pix....such wonderful beautiful memories. Getting a tan?

hugs and blessings

Jules said...

Am I supposed to be reading through water goggles??
You have such a talent at bringing me right into the reality of your stories darling lady.

Hope you had a great Xmas and I have learnt a life lesson, yet again, from one of your posts.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Lots of love xxxx

Middle Child said...

Me here now...sorry to be such a sad sack..christmases are just hard. Once I was with melissa and Alison...the sadness lifted...I guess this is a normal part of grief...sorry to make you cry...

Middle Child said...

Foxymoron...as with "me here now" sorry for the sadness...but I know you understand...its okay to eb sad when warranted.

Middle Child said...

cazzie..thanks so much...hope you and yours had the best time

Middle Child said...

Mom...coming to your blog to have a look!!!

Middle Child said...

Janene...thanks so much niot sure about the cool yule but was all okay

Middle Child said...

Rosemary I did love my girls to pieces...and thank you... I may seem a big sook...Christmas is just hard...but I smiled through it all an no one could tell...

Middle Child said...

Anne thank you...the memories are beautiful...too beautiful sometimes...

Middle Child said...

EC thanks so much

Middle Child said...

Citymouse...thank you for that...its all true...just need to go with what happens i guess

Middle Child said...

Sking...thank you... I know that the words are true...but sometimes the spirit is weak..it comes good though and thats the main thing.

Middle Child said...

Sling...not Sking...sorry

Middle Child said...

CS thanks...I had a wonderful time with the girls...had to hold my tongue on one of the "inlaws " comments...I will live but feel a bit ashamed I didn't speak out...I was hoping for a good christmas for Melissa so kept my trap shut...aaaarrrggghhh sooo hard

Middle Child said...

Jules...goggles freely provided...i hope you and your little crew had the best time at Christmas.