This year we went to spend Christmas with my husband’s family.
They live out in the country so we don’t get to see them often. They are an absolute pleasure to be with, so welcoming and so gracious of our noisy, hyper children.
The trip takes about 8 hours in the car. And it is a long, hot journey on the straight, flat West Australian road.
This Christmas, our in laws have decided to sell the family home of 35 years and move down to the city.
There is definitely a strong sense of sadness, finality and mixed feelings in the air. But I guess for me, it’s given me an opportunity to contemplate life, family, hardships, love, promises… and the all the goodness and blessings in my life.
Christmas this year was a very, very simple and meaningful affair. We didn’t have a stylish tree, or a mountain of presents, or an indulgent dinner, nor copious amounts of sugary treats and alcohol.
I discovered that small country towns have very limited grocery supplies! But I still managed to whip up a lovely Christmas Eve dinner for everyone.
There was a moment in my preparations when I got quite upset because I didn’t have RED Christmas napkins for the table setting. But I quickly learned how to just LET IT GO.
My boys bought me several ring stacks (I drew pictures for them and I was impressed that they found the right ones!).
They also got me an inflatable kayak, but we had to leave that back at home as it wouldn’t fit in the boot of the car.
I’ve been going out for contemplative sunset jogs every evening.
I absolutely love the quiet and the stillness of country roads. I will miss this.
And look who I bumped into during my run.
A beautiful friendly horse, trotted over to me to say hello. Stumbling across animals in the wild is always so cool. (Ok so the horse wasn’t exactly wild, but I did see lots of lizards, rabbits, foxes and thankfully no snakes!)
But most of all, I will miss the star gazing.
The night skies of the country with its glittering blanket of diamonds is the most breathtaking and romantic sights I’ve ever seen. I will definitely miss this.