Merry Christmas Everyone!!
We had a smaller immediate family Christmas Day yesterday with OH, myself OD, MD, YD, OD’s R, MD’s boyfriend A, and our ‘French daughter’ (our AFS exchange student from 2006 ) C. So our smaller family Christmas was bigger than it usually is. 🙂 This included bacon sandwiches for breakfast and a more formal sitdown dinner in the early afternoon.
We have an extended family get together this afternoon/ evening with Sis M and her family, R’s family, and Niece S’s in laws as well. This is more informal, with everyone bringing some Christmas dinner leftovers and is a very relaxed time.
I could have dwelt on the fact that this year I am metastatic and we dont know how many more Christmases I have got but C and another exchange student N both arrived on the 20th of December. (N is staying with her host family but visiting us often – just the same as it was when she was here in 2006.) N dropped in to see us last evening as well to exchange presents.
With C and N arriving so close to Christmas – C is staying with us until the end of July 2012 – It has added a new dimension to our Christmas preparation and celebration and has been exciting for us all. I have chosen to concentrate on these and the other more positive aspects of Christmas instead of feeling down at all.
YD is home for a few days over Christmas as well so we are fairly busy.
Although it is not necessarily good for my health, I did not have my chemo that was due on Thursday because my neutrophil and white blood cell count was too low. But the upside of that was that I have not had to deal with the side effects – nausea and suchlike – for the Christmas period. So it is quite a positive thing in my book
I hope everyone else has had a good Christmas too