55 Christmases

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:11

TMI. That’s what this post probably is. Who wants to know where I’ve spent a lifetime of Christmases?  But the Lord’s faithfulness over my vaporous years simply overwhelms me and I rejoice in His sovereign grace!  These years are like GOOD Christmas gifts, never requested or even dreamed of, all from the heart of a pure, loving, and extravagant Heavenly Father.

So maybe this post is just for me.

Christmases 1 – 22:   Denver, Colorado.  Family and security.
Highlight: My life was secure, I don’t have any awful stories! Praise God!
Low: 1974- First Christmas without my Grandma.

Christmas 23 – 24: Okinawa, Japan.  Navy, Married and New Parents.
Highlight: 1977- Celebrated with our newborn daughter, Joy!
Low:  1976- 6-month military separation from John (as newlyweds!)

Christmas 25:  Denver, Colorado.   Family Visit.
Highlight: Seeing Handel’s Messiah performed at the Air Force Academy

Christmas 26: Sarasota, Florida.   Family Visit.
Highlight: Celebrating our first Christmas with daughter, Hope!

Christmas 27 – 28: Guam, Marianas Islands, US.  Navy, Family, Fellowship!
Highlight: Christmas with our newest bunny, Grace!
AND:  Great Fellowship with lifelong friends!

Christmas 29 -30: Camp Pendleton, California. Illegal Homeschool Mom 🙂
Highlight:  Christmas on Sunday, Praise before presents!

Christmas 31:  North Shore, Hawaii.  Three homes for homeschooling!
Highlight: Living in Hawaii!!

Christmas 32:  Sarasota, FL.  Family Visit.

Christmas 33:  Denver, Colorado.  Enjoy parent’s hospitality. And more homeschooling.
Highlight: My dad gave John his first 35mm Camera.

Christmas 34 – 36:  Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico.  Back in the Navy for Me.
Highlight:  Extended Christmas celebration through Three Kings Day!
Low: Having to work Christmas Day, Eve, etc.

Christmas 37:  Sarasota, Florida.   Family Visit.
Highlight: Our two families celebrated Christmas all together!

Christmas 38 – 40:  Augsburg, Germany.  Navy, Family, Old World Traditions.
Highlight:  Nurnberg Christkindlmarkt, Gluhwein, and all that is German.
Low:  Missed my parents–they never made it over to visit.     

 
 

Nurnberg Christkindlmarkt

Christmas 41 – 42:  Virginia Beach, Virginia. Navy Teacher, Family, the States.
Highlight: My parents visited twice!

Christmas 43:  Blue Ridge Mtns,  Family Visit.

Christmas 44 – 47:  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Smaller family, Bigger house!
Highlight:  White Christmases always guaranteed!
Low: 1997 – First Christmas with Joy living elsewhere.

Christmas 48 – 51:  Fort Meade, Maryland.  Girls coming and going!
Highlight:  All the girls together again!
Low: 2002-First Christmas Hope stayed in Ukraine. And 1st without my Dad.

Christmas 52 – 54:  Blue Ridge Mtns.

Highlight:  We couldn’t be with our family in December, so we celebrated in January.

Christmas 55: Ottawa, Canada.  We needed a snow and fellowship fix!

Christmas 56:  To be determined.

So, as the song by Steven Curtis Chapman says, “Christmas is all in the heart!” [1]  There were a few quiet Christmases, some leaner ones, and those much more abundant.   Lord, help me remember that, 

 ” in whatever State I am, at Christmas and everyday, therein to be content.  (Philippians 4:11 paraphrased) 

 

[1] Christmas is All in the Heart, Steven Curtis Chapman.  I just uploaded this to the blue Music Box, with a few other Christmas songs.  More to come….

7 thoughts on “55 Christmases

  1. I enjoyed reading through your timeline – and am so impressed you remember where you were every time, and the high/low lights! What a good memory! Hope this one just has highlights! Merry Christmas!

  2. Peter’s parents live outside of Sarasota – again, it’s a small world. 🙂 Sounds like you have a lot of fun memories…thanks for sharing them with us. Blessings!

    • Yes, it seems the world keeps getting smaller as I get older! Much of John’s family migrated to Sarasota from Long Island between the ’70’s and ’80’s. And now, many of them have moved to North Carolina! The locals have a name for this–‘half-back’–because they moved south, then half-way back! 🙂
      Merry Christmas!!!

  3. I found your blog on “A Little Snow for the Holidays”. The “snowflakes” are lovely on your cardinal picture.

    Very good idea to reflect back on your life this way. Thanks. Love the pictures on the right, too. Beeaauuutiful!

    Question: how did you get the blue music box?

    Come and visit my blog sometime:

    http://www.gloriadelia.wordpress.com

    • Hi! Thanks for dropping by and also commenting!

      The music box is available through Box.net and WordPress Widgets. First sign up for an account with Box.net, then go to your Widget page and select the “box.net” widget. Add that to your sidebar, then cut/paste the “box.net” embedded code. I know it sounds complicated, but it’s just my explanation! 🙂

      Other idea, try searching WordPress Forums for “how to play music on my blog”…you will find very clear directions to step you through adding the box.net widget. Then you can select any colour or size to fit your sidebar. I hope this helps a bit!

      Ill stop by your blog soon! Blessings! Linda

  4. Linda,
    This is such an amazing post… so creative. The story of your life in a nutshell!

    Still can’t get over it.

    I have to read it again to let the details sink in.

    It is such a good idea to look at Christmas from this perspective. God has been faithful through the years!

    Thank you for sharing…

    Love
    Lidj

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