I was expecting this Christmas to be a sad one because none of our girls were going to be with us.
My husband's sister and her partner prepared a delicious steak and fresh lobster dinner which the four of us enjoyed along with some really lovely wine. We managed to talk or skype with all the girls on Christmas Day. One daughter is in Sydney, Australia, one is in Vancouver, B.C., one is in Montreal, Quebec and one is in London.
This was not a traditional family holiday for us, but in the end it turned out to be a really nice day and I enjoyed it immensely. Our family is getting older and along with that comes different time commitments, the girls being in different parts of the world and commitment to their own families and boyfriends, which certainly changes the dynamics of our immediate family.
This Christmas has made me mindful that families are no longer as insular as they used to be. The world is becoming a much smaller place than when I was growing up. Even though I don't like this, I'm understanding that this is the way it is and I'm grateful that all our daughters are enjoying their lives and that they are moving ahead with support and encouragement from us, with no guilt attached.
Therefore, in my little part of the world, I had "A Wonderful Christmas Day".