(Note: This was supposed to be posted on December 25, 2016, but we’ve been having some issues with this website. Thanks to our hosts at Bluehost for getting us back up and running.)
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you have a holiday full of love, peace, and joy!
In some ways, this Christmas, our second without Cindy, is much harder than the first one was. I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps we were still in shock last year and just dug into the holiday with everything we had. Perhaps, with each passing day, it becomes more and more real that she is truly gone and no amount of wishing or praying will change that.
Still, Kevin and I are having a great holiday season, as great as we can have, all things considered.
Once again, we did our Christmas Angel giving with the Salvation army. We also gave away a lot of toys at our December 16 Western States Wrestling show.
Deborah, my lovely and beautiful fiancee, and I took some photos recently. Once set of photos saw us dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus. The kids at the portrait studio loved that! We didn’t want to disappoint them so we stayed in character and interacted with them for over an hour. We gave out candy canes and toys there too. After all, if you’re going to dress up as Santa, you’d better have a gift bag handy, right?
Yesterday, Christmas Eve morning, Kevin and I stopped by the Queen Creek Cafe and handed out toys and candy to the staff and customers. Thanks to the wonderful folks at the QC for the delicious breakfast. Then, we headed over to EggsTC and did the same thing there. The EggsTC staff gave us a lovely Christmas card. Tonight, we’re going to the San Tan Valley Denny’s and do it one more time.
Last night, Kevin and I did our traditional annual Christmas light drive. Every year, we get in the car, go to McDonald’s for chicken nuggets and fries and eat dinner as we drive around looking at Christmas lights. It was a tradition that Cindy and I started on our first Christmas together and it’s continued on almost every year ever since. This year was great. There were some marvelous light displays. One of our neighbors even decorated the stop sign in front of their house. It’s nice to see so much Christmas spirit.
Tomorrow, I will go to spend the day with Deborah and her mom. It’s their first Christmas since Deborah’s dat passed away last Monday. Her parents were married 52 years. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and the entire family.
Well, gang, I hope you each have a merry Christmas and a blessed new year.