We have had a one-of-a-kind Christmas. Surreal, peaceful, calm, joyful. It was unusual because it was effortless compared to so many Christmases. Yet all 6 kids were here and such a blessing. I have a sense that this is one of our last Christmases all together and as a family. We were incredibly fortunate that Jacob got to Italy at all due to travel restrictions. The kids are getting so old, 2 are off to college in a week or so, and these days of having this kind of Christmas are numbered.
My favorite thing was Florentine steaks, an Italian delicacy, plus mashed potatoes, broccoli, and about 5 desserts. My other favorite thing was the navy blue jewelry that the girls got me from KLK (my favorite jewelry shop) and that Mary in particular was so excited to give me. My other favorite thing was all of us getting to go to Confession on Christmas Eve, and happening upon a priest who speaks perfect English (thank you, LORD!). My other favorite thing was Mass with the organ and strings and beautiful music. My other favorite thing was the song my girls wrote for Granny. My other favorite thing was the really generous gifts some family sent us–so thoughtful! Joe’s Barolo was over the top. My other favorite thing was that Sebastian played in his Batman costume from Aunt Kimmy all day long, and was completely preoccupied all day with the race car track Santa brought him. My other favorite thing was how absolutely steady Annie was all day long–constant joy, no crashes, totally humility, and delighting every moment in every detail. My other favorite thing was the cookie nativity set that we spent 3 days making–thank you, Patricia Phillippi, who gave us those cookie cutters years ago! My other favorite thing was Leigh, who had a wonderful birthday, and could not be a more remarkable human being (Love you, Leigh!).