Christmas was an event at our house. There were eight of us children, our parents, and a standard poodle. Despite the festivities, mama always said that there was always one person who was having a lousy Christmas. As there were so many of us, the lousy Christmas rotation was pretty generous.
Mama was right; a quick look through family pictures shows lots of smiling faces and one face of gloom.
It could have been the excitement and the disappointment that brought out the roller-coaster of emotions but mama loved Christmas and she loved having her gang of children and grandchildren in the house. I think she even loved that the predictability that one of us was going to have a grumpy Christmas….as long as it wasn’t her.