Friday, December 7, 2007
Every year, Christmas seems to come faster and faster. There doesn't seem to be as much time to visit friends or even relatives. Stores are open longer hours and on most holidays. The electronic age has made our lives more complicated, not simpler. Weekends used to be for relaxing - now employers can reach you by cell phone or email! Oh, for the good old days, when stores were closed on Sundays and holidays!
Last week, we had a scare with our grandson, Corson, that left us all shaken. Due to a mixup in communication, Corson was missing for a full hour, before being located with a friend. The police were scouring the neighbourhood, and search and rescue helicopters were searching from the air. Luckily, it ended well, but it certainly puts things in perspective.
Our son is home from Korea for the month of December, and we like to have the house decorated when he arrives. Normally, I decorate the tree by myself, as everyone knows how fussy I am about it. I have hundreds of ornaments, all different, and I am a total control freak about them. But, after everything that happened, I changed my mind this year - our grandson looooves to decorate ANYTHING, so I decided to let him help me, and we had a blast! It took us the whole day and Corson was so excited - every box he opened was a delight. He oohed and aaaahed over every ornament. At first, I had taken some fragile ornaments and put them on the tree before he arrived, but he was very disappointed. So, I held my breath and let him handle the breakable ones and he was so proud of himself - he called them his "precious" ornaments. Not a single one was broken and I think we may have started a new tradition - Corson and Nanny, decorating the tree!