After our young great-granddaughters opened Santa's surprises, Lindsay and Matthew served a hearty breakfast and shared good conversation, before heading home.
The excitement of the children was so reminiscent of other Christmas times that we have known with our little girls.
I reflect back farther to my own childhood and special Christmases.
In those simple times, a Santa wish list did not exist at our house.
Whatever Santa brought down our smoky chimney was fine with us.
We girls knew a doll was on board that sleigh.
We can't remember ever being disappointed with the added surprises.
Santa always found us without fail.
Our family sang beautiful and meaningful classic Christmas carols and knew the greatest story ever told by heart early on.
Dad recited poetry favorites.
Yesterday, my sister, Sandra, and I and our spouses celebrated keeping with tradition of those holidays years ago -- the simple pleasures of good comfort food, thoughtful gift exchanges and more right here on Elm Street steps away from where the old home place once stood.
Tonight, we wrap up Christmas 2012 and all is well in the little blue house at the end of the road.
And we are grateful for our many blessings.
We look forward to the new year and we wish you the best also.
But, before ringing in 2013, we will need to deal with a winter storm.
Our daughter, Starla, and her husband, Bruce, plan to fly to Indiana for a brief visit this weekend.
Hopefully, the weather will not hamper their plans.
I have decided resolutions for the New Year should be added to my must-do list for 2013.
Dad never liked the idea, but I do.
He never said why.
I managed to keep a few over the years.
I felt short on others.
Every year, mostly health related issues, like weight control and eating habits surface.
This year, I might need to resolve to relax more and stop worrying about all the things that these overworked nerves cannot handle.
Now I need to spend some time with Paul and Tootie Mae.
Happy New Year and many thanks for reading Brazil Buzz!
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