Since getting back in town Sunday night, life has been a little hectic.
I'm just now getting out the Christmas decorations.
In fact, today's big accomplishment has been to put the stockings on the mantel.
Years ago I used to love to cross stitch. It was my therapy before I began to quilt.
I am especially happy to get out the stockings this year because all 5 of my children will be joining us here in St. George. They will be coming in from New York, Arizona and Northern Utah.
We have a lot of happy memories surrounding these stockings.
As the kids were growing up the stockings were filled every Christmas with oranges, nuts and candy.
Santa placed their stockings by the unwrapped presents that were just from him.
The other wrapped presents under the tree were exchanged between family members.
Our children all slept in the family room in the basement each Christmas Eve. Well, actually they didn't sleep much. They usually played games together and stayed up most of the night talking.
Even though they are all in adulthood, I heard them making plans while they talked to each other on the phone recently. They can hardly wait to be together, to play games late into the night, and to talk.
I'm wondering if I'm still going to have to ask them to quiet down so Santa can come.