Christmas with the Kranks

Have you read this book or seen the movie?
When the daughter decided she would not come home for Christmas, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas and go on a cruise.  Then, when she surprises them with the announcement that she is coming home, the frantically decorate and make the house look like the Christmas she would expect.
This year, when we realized we were not hosting any Christmas get-togethers and kids were not coming to our house, we decided to skip Christmas too.
Well, not exactly.
We decided to skip decorating for Christmas.
The stockings were not hung.  The lights not strung.  The Christmas tree was kept in the box.  I felt guilty, but relieved, that I didn’t have to drag several boxes out of storage to decorate the house and tree only to leave it up for a couple of weeks.
Then we get a phone call from my youngest son (who has the 3-1/2-year-old daughter.)  “We are coming up tomorrow if that’s ok.”
‘”Ok?  Of course it’s OK!  It’s always OK!  Can’t wait to see y’all!”  click.
As I looked around the room, I saw nothing that even resembled Christmas.  I hadn’t even wrapped presents yet.  What would my granddaughter think about this lack of Christmas spirit?
“What are we going to do?”  I asked Al.  “Go to the store and pick up some lights.” he said.  “I’ll string them around the window and bench.  Instead of a Christmas tree, we’ll have a Christmas bench.”
So that’s what we did.   Once we wrapped the presents, the bench was shimmering with shiny paper and lights.
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Instead of stockings, we filled Christmas sacks with goodies.
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The simple decorations or lack of a tree did not stop Christmas from coming.  In fact, it made a new Christmas memory for us.
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can give us the most pleasure.  I tend to forget that.
hallie christmas 2013
Luke christmas 2013
Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas!