The Christmas season found us in North Carolina celebrating our grandson’s first birthday! He certainly enjoyed his “own” cake and the adults enjoyed delicious BBQ! Of course, who can forget the fabulous German chocolate cake!
Back to northern Virginia found us wondering thru Merrifields Nursery. As a gardener, we are always seeking out new locations for that “something” different item. A few “things” found their way into my suitcase…
The Saturday before Christmas We journeyed to the National Cathedral for the Christmas Pageant. Not just any pageant, one where children actively participated. A real donkey, sheep, goats and a llama! Our granddaughter was star struck with all the activity. A late lunch found us in Old Town Alexandria, walking cobblestone streets from the 1700’s, and seeing doors and windows of period homes adorned with seasonal color. My mind wondered to a day long ago, and wondered what it looked like.
Christmas Eve was different. A very chilly and overcast visit to Arlington National Cemetery brought the flurry of activity surrounding Christmas to a hault. Seeing row after row after row of white marble stones with wreaths at each one, caused me to think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. A place to be still and quiet ourselves. There were many there, just walking and reflecting. Something we all need.
Christmas morning was sensational as Santa found us! The awe and wonder on our granddaughter’s face, was a perfect end to our trip, and made our Christmas the merriest of all!