The Christmas That Almost Wasn't


A photo of Nancy NemecChristmas of 2009 will be a “Christmas to Remember,” and maybe not for the right reasons.

I was so excited that for the first time in more than 20 years I could have Christmas at my house for my family, and actually have time to enjoy getting ready and decorating and cooking! My mind was spinning with ideas for meals and lists for activities. I was getting up in the night and writing things down so I didn’t forget.

Many phone calls were made to see what special foods my children were wishing for: Salted Nut Roll Cookies, Ogallala Enchiladas, Fried Chicken with “pudding gravy,” Peanut Clusters, Caramel Corn Puffs, and Original TV Snack Mix.

I was looking for foods that could be made ahead and frozen: Grace Church Mashed Potatoes, Dawn’s Breakfast Casserole, Frozen Cabbage Slaw, Madeline’s Frozen Fruit Salad. And dishes that could be made the day before and refrigerated: 7 Layer Salad, Hash Brown Casserole, Chili. Talk about Comfort Foods – this was the ultimate list!

House surrounded by snow drifts

But – then came the weather reports! Snow, Snow and more Snow. First, Son #2 and wife and Grand-dog arrived safely from St. Louis with just some nasty roads at the end of the trip. Son #1, wife and 3 grandsons arrived between the snows for Christmas Eve noon instead of Christmas Eve supper. They had a wild time getting here from 30 miles away and were anxious to return home immediately after 5 p.m. church. Daughter was scheduled to arrive from Kansas on Christmas Day, and she was watching weather sites and calling often. Things were not looking great, but we planned to wait to “do the presents” until she arrived. We so wanted to all be together.

S.M.R. Saia
1/27/2010 5:53:42 AM

It's nice that your boys made it, and that in the end everyone was safe. Ever since I had my daughter I think all the time about how fleeting my time with her is, and how much I'm going to miss her when she moves off into her own life, so I can imagine how much you were looking forward to having your whole family together. Happy New Year!

1/21/2010 5:03:16 PM

I'm so glad after all that you still had your Christmas spirit. Like you said "the light of Christ still shined through" so beautiful. vickie

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