Merry Christmas!!! So happy this is the beginning of a whole Christmas season, because it means I am not late in the least in extending my wishes to you. We are in the middle of a wonderful, luxurious, lengthy visit from my full side of the family, including my parents and Aunt Basia, my sister, brother-in-law, and niece, and another niece to be in the womb! We had one of the most beautiful, meaningful Christmas celebrations in recent memory, complete with our Polish Wigilia meal, many little children, and our first year spreading out presents over the twelve days of Christmas (which has been pretty awesome, partly because it means we still have presents left to go, and partly because it gives the kids time to really enjoy each gift as opposed to unwrapping things in a crazy rush and then tossing them aside). It's nice to slow things down so that Christmas feels more about the birth of Jesus than a glut of stuff.
Somewhere in the middle of the past few weeks, Hugo was a really cute Christmas tree in his school's Christmas show, the twins turned two (more on that later this week!), and I am suddenly 37 weeks pregnant. On Christmas morning we went to the local mission church for mass, and sitting there surrounded by family members in this beautiful old church that was founded in 1777, I was so awe struck with the enormity of Christmas and the ordinariness of it, how God came to the world as a baby, and what that means for all of us. To be very pregnant at Christmas is a special gift, and even in the midst of being tired and a bit slow and exceptionally emotional, holding this life inside of me gives me such a special window into Mary the Christ bearer holding none other than the Son of God.
This is going to be an especially exciting week, followed by an especially exciting couple of weeks, because we are about to have a baby! Woohoo! And yikes! Because I have not even pulled out the baby clothing yet, but we'll get there eventually, and what I plan to do in the meantime is take it pretty easy and enjoy every single moment with this family of seven of mine. Ooh, but we're so excited to meet this new person!
Merry Christmas, friends! May this be a blessed, joyful season for you.