I told Billy that whatever we did on Christmas Day, I wanted it to be different and distracting. After being in Thailand only 2 months – and currently in a different city than where we live – it would be impossible to have this day look anything like our “normal” Christmas.
Normal Christmas, no matter which side we are with, is always full of family chaos. It’s usually the good kind of chaos, but if we are talking NORMAL, then lets just be honest. We’ve had our bad chaos too – most of which we can laugh openly about now. Again, ALL sides of our family have their epic stories.
This is what I love most about the big crazy group of people we call ‘Ours.’ We don’t “hide our crazy and start acting like a lady” like the mom in Miranda Lambert’s song instructs. Our crazy hangs out — sometimes too much! We don’t always balance out grace and forgiveness and gentleness… and there are real hurts in the mix too. There are memories of dark holidays and painful sadness. There are holidays we’d all like cut from our memories. That’s not my favorite part – my favorite thing is that in the jumbled chaos, there is love and laughter — and always an open space at the table for one more.