On the 24th of December, we attended the mass and visited grandma's tomb with the kids merrily singing Jingle bells'.
We then we picked opa up. He's spending Christmas days with us.
If we are busy with each other, here's what it looks like at home. Opa would find a corner to read while the kids will go to their own corner to play.
On the 25th of December, the kids wanted to watch the TV and opa remained interested with reading.
Such cozy scenes I would recommend.
It was a solemn Christmas for us because we simply missed the presence of someone special to us. And yet, it was not too solemn for the kids not to enjoy their presents and have fun with the family.
We cooked meals together, we prepared the tables together, we cleaned the tables together, we toasted the Christmas days together, we sang together, we opened our gifts together, we played together, we sat together to chat and reminisce.
But it was during the big pauses, the gaps of silence -- that we feel the togetherness with grandma's memories. Thus, we truly savored this quiet Christmas.
And I ask you to say prayers to some close friends. One lost her mom on Christmas day, a few weeks after loosing their dad. And another one's mom is diagnosed with widespread bone cancer. To you dear friends and your family, be strong and keep your faith in Him.