That song, in all its cheesy glory, perfectly captures one of the most wonderful parts of Christmas - the ability to experience home with family. As I get older, this song continues to become even more relevant.
On Sunday, our oldest daughter, Josie, will arrive back home from Auburn Alabama, where she is in her junior year. It has been a very long year since we saw her last. Later in the week, our daughter, Libby, will return home from her freshman year at college in Saint Louis. All of our family will finally be home (at least for a while)!
While they are home, we will watch our favorite Christmas shows together, bake cookies, open presents, and probably head downtown. And, as much as we all love each other, and enjoy being together, we will probably argue and stress each other out just a bit. Then they will leave, again. Nonetheless, we will cherish every single moment we are together in our home.
However, there will also be many people missing from our home this holiday. My mother, who has passed away, will be missing for the sixth painful year. Because of broken family relationships we will not see any of my father’s side of the family, including one of my brothers.
And so, like many of you, Christmas in our home will be a time of great joy spent with family, mixed with an expectation for restoration with family.