Dec 25, 2022

Christmas Day ~ December 25th

 Gifts of time and love are surely the 
basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas...

Today it my mom's birthday.  Wish we were there with 
them right now, but can't be.  At least no this year.  Hopefully
 next year we can spend it with them.  Time is going by 
fast and what tomorrow holds is never a sure thing.

Christmas Day, not exactly Arvid's favorite day/time of the 
year, but I love Christmas.  It is a reflection of the wonderful times 
we had growing up in Puerto Rico.  My mom and dad always made 
it the perfect time.  We didn't have much, but that didn't matter.

  We had the best, best time of our lives.  We went caroling,
 we went seeing the different Christmas places and we always 
ended up in Old San Juan where there was a beautiful
 display of lights and happy people everywhere.

I was able to experience that feeling once again with Arvid
 and Sniff when we lived in Puerto Rico.  From our balcony we saw
 the festivities and celebrations.  It was during the pandemic, but still
 a beautiful time.  The best part was that we spent it with my sister,
 J and Kimsy.  Even Arvid was helping with the Christmas 
decorations.  He was into the Christmas spirit.

This year we will be spending our first Christmas in Fort Myers.
  Last year it was Branson.  Boy even I can't keep track of where we are. 
 I wonder what our families would say if we were to move again.  
I'm always waiting for either Arvid or myself saying that
 we're ready to move back to Fort Lauderdale.

From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Let us 
remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart. For our Brutus
 and all my loved ones in heaven; tonight more than ever I will search 
for you among the stars that shine so bright on Christmas night.

Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed,
 that it might live forevermore to fill our every need, that it
 shall not be just a day, but last a lifetime through.

A big happy birthday to my mom.  I love her more than she knows.

Christmas, it is the tenderness of the past,
 courage for the present, and hope for the future..