Me in front of a giant tree...in the fog.
For the last two years Christmas time has been either difficult or sad for us. In 2007, we were still settling in our new home and environment and it seems as if we were always sick. There were still boxes stacked around the house, in the hallways and bedrooms. It seemed as though every virus that existed that year found its way into our home and not for just a day or two, but for a week or more at a time. We were sick for Christmas and the New Year.
Last year, we were shaken by the sudden death or our koumbaro and spent the month tending to our koumbara along with funeral/memorial services. The children were very sick and the kitchen flooded. It seemed like such an effort to feel good. Our children were the reason that we celebrated, which is why I think children are so wonderful. They bring us joy when times are less than joyful.
So now, we're spending our third Christmas season in Greece and I have to admit, it's been great. Sure, we had a one year memorial for our koumbaro, but time heals and some of the sadness has lifted.
Our children are so excited and I'm trying to keep them that way because Christmas is magical and every child has the right to experience this magic. We've been watching Christmas movies, reading Christmas stories, listening to Christmas music and attending Christmas events when we have the chance. We're having fun and it feels great. There's nothing more rewarding than to watch the faces of my children light up with excitement , especially now.
Another reason that I feel great this year is because I'm surrounded by generous and caring people. On daily basis, my friends & family give me plenty of reasons to be thankful for their company, support and smiles. Whether near or far each person is always in my heart and I try my best to make sure that they know how much I value their presence in my life because without each one of them I wouldn't be whole. Usually, I'm the person that runs to help others but there was a time this year in which I needed support and my friends and family wouldn't let me fall, I was held up when I felt I couldn't stand on my own. I feel that there are no words adequate enough to describe the extent of my gratitude but I hope by reading this that they know how thankful I am.
I appreciate everyone in my life and this includes my blog readers friends.Thank you for inspiring me to keep babbling on this blog, I always look forward to your comments and again, I appreciate your interest in my musings & photos.
In the spirit of the holiday, I want to share a few more special moments we've enjoyed this season. We really have been enjoying ourselves!
Alexandra & I
Izabella took this photo, she's getting really good with the camera!
Izabella stuck in Santa's sack
This Christmas ship was beautiful but a lot of the lights weren't lit...
and Foti tried to figure out how he could fix it.
Alexandra does a little dance while trying on all of the stockings & hats while Gigi strikes a pose for the photo.
Our Christmas tree
A train at Oneiropouli, Drama.
We enjoyed a Karagiozi puppet show for the holidays.
Foti is not only a star in my life but he was a star in his school Christmas program.
Little angels waiting to perform.
Foti receives a gift from a noticeably "fake" Santa. He received a "girl" gift and was traumatized for the rest of the night. He proclaimed, "That's it! I'm sick of fake Santas...I want the real one!" I can't say I blame him for feeling shafted.
Izabella & Gigi
My little munchkins pose for yet another Christmas photo. They're great sports!
And finally, me...enjoying the holidays.
A few Christmas Quotes: