“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

– William Shakespeare

As we grow older, the holidays at the end of year seem to become such a whirl of nostalgia.  Every adult I know, speaks of Christmasses gone by, how good it used to be and how it will never be the same. I became that adult some years ago when my teenage cousins and I started seeing less of each other and more of their friends. I don’t blame them. It was a path we all naturally took as we got older.

We had such wonderful Christmasses, with caroling around the neighborhood, dancing around the tall Christmas tree we had in our front yard (dad lighted it with such patience), self-hosted lucky dips of little prizes we bought with our “club” fund (oh, do you remember those little styrofoam balls people used for fake snow? the vacuuming mess after!) and late night suppers after midnight mass. I barely scratched the surface of those good times and we are forever indebted to our folks who made our holidays together so memorable!

Things will truly never be the same again. The 8 of us have added partners and offspring and we live on 3 different continents. Who knows when (or where!) we will ever get back together again to celebrate Christmas and the holidays.

I miss you DCG but this year, I’m excited to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Sagan’s arrival into this world has made each day worth celebrating. I constantly remind myself of how lucky I am. If I had a chance to ask Santa for what I wanted last year, I don’t think I could have dreamt him up. To me, he is perfect.

And so, my dear loved ones, family and friends, near and far, our little family would like to wish you a most wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with many moments of joy.

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