Ready and waiting.
The prime rib for tomorrow’s dinner is ready for the oven and Thursday night’s chili is on the stove. The presents are wrapped and tucked around the holiday tree. The house is decorated. The joy of Christmas begins at midnight, just a few hours from now, but family fun is on hold until midmorning when a car with Virginia license plates pulls into our South Carolina driveway. When Andrew and Danielle cross the threshold and we have the little ones, Caitlin and David, in our arms, the best of all gifts will be ours.
Wherever you are and whoever you’re with this Christmas, I hope you too will enjoy a holiday filled with love and laughter. And if things get a bit untidy, remember this advice from Andy Rooney: “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
Many thanks for your kindnesses in the past year. I appreciate your encouragement and friendship and look forward to hearing from you again soon.
…and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.