At our house we celebrate Christmas. It’s a warm time to gather around with multiple generations and delight in our Christian holiday traditions.
Whether it’s the kids opening little paper doors in early December to reveal tiny pieces of chocolate behind an Advent calendar that lead us into the Christmas season, or everyone (my brothers and me and our families) gathering at Bonnie and Sam’s with the grandchildren for our annual all-family pajama-perfect Christmas party (and nighttime dressed up feast), our holidays always reflect family togetherness and lots of cheer.
I feel so blessed to live so close to my parents and my in-laws, as well as near to my brother Cooper and sister-in-law (‘Ghany Office Manager Louise), and my brother Patrick and his wife Megan….and all our nephews and nieces on both sides, including a new one for Patrick and Megan in January!
It really is true that “the more the merrier!”
I also love that, amidst all the activity there are times that are all our own, just for me and Matt and our three boys Mason, Ellis, and Noah to make and treasure our little family’s unique ways on Christmas morning.
During all this planning and frivolity and, when possible, some quiet reflection, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to our other family, our ‘Ghany Family, to say Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa to all who are celebrating their various traditions this holiday season!
I hope that your hearths and hearts are warm, your moments easy and special, your focus on experiences and togetherness and song and tradition more than the pressure of materialism and excess. Not to say that we don’t love to give and to receive gifts — we do — though it is so much more meaningful when our gifts are simple, from the heart, and without stress or strain.
Thank You for Being You
One gift that is always uppermost in our minds is the gift of our extended ‘Ghany Family. Our campers, camp families, camp staff, alumni, and camp friends mean the world to us. You all are always in our hearts, in our thoughts, and quite often on our tongues, in a good way — happy memories of campers, staff, and camp families often come up to remind us of the joy, laughter, and togetherness that comes with our camp world.
During this holiday season may you know joy, feel ease, treasure one another, be blessed, laugh often, cuddle, and slow down into the moment that it provide “the peace that passeth all understanding!”
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls