Happiness is Uncle Mike Christmas
I have lived on the west coast for the last 20 years and most of my family lives on the east coast. So each year for Christmas I need to ship my gifts east around Thanksgiving to get them to people before the holiday. This year of course I was right in the middle of quitting my job, selling my house and preparing for my upcoming Appalachian Trail hike. So unfortunately I didn’t have the time, however, since I was driving east prior to the hike my plan was an alternate Christmas with my family, particularly my nieces and nephews. I have 6 between the ages of 1 and 13.
Thus the idea of Uncle Mike Christmas was born, exactly one month behind schedule. Today was that day of course and it was quite wonderful to get a chunk of the family together and to have 5 out of the 6 in attendance, I get to see the littlest one, Yogi next weekend. The kids were off the wall of course and I got more than my fair share of both physical abuse and hugs. The best part is watching them play and get to know each other better. The last time I pulled this group together, little Tessi the Terrible was the two-year old chasing around behind her older cousins, today her cousin Rooney was at a similar age and doing the trailing.
A really wonderful gathering that made for some wonderful memories, hosted by my sister and brother-in-law, thank you. So I had a happy day my friends, I hope you did to.
~ Rev Kane