Christmas in Kansas

While we had planned the next post to be from warmer climes, that had to be postponed. Last week, the scene at the Landing here near Sedgwick was snow covered, but we weren’t particularly concerned. Surely, this being Kansas, it would all be gone in a matter of days.

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And it was, except for drifts in the ditches. However today, Christmas day, the day we had planned to drive away, every evacuation route south and/or west, the way we need to go, was covered in snow and blown by high winds. Neither one is conducive to driving a bus.

Last night, though, went exactly as planned. Christmas Eve is our traditional time for gifts with the family so that the in-laws get their share on Christmas day. We started off with snacks to tide us over until our traditional dinner of Papa’s chili after the Christmas Eve service at church. This year that service was a departure from the ordinary one we’ve experienced there for the last who-knows-how-many years. We started with our family taking communion together, which in itself is other than traditional. In the Friends church, the physical elements of communion are usually not a part of the act. (Rather than bore any non-Quakers with the details, I’ll let you look that up on your own.) Beginning with that special time together, the whole evening was a worship experience. We are so thankful for the birth of our Saviour to fulfill the plan of salvation for us!

If you read our last post, you know that I attempt to be poetic from time to time and last night our gifts to the three youngest grandkids were accompanied by a rhyming scavenger hunt that led each child in a different direction before converging on the living room to find their real presents. Jadelyn got exactly what she requested, an accessory for her American Girl doll but Ben and Bailey were thrilled to see new bicycles with their names on the tags. (Jadelyn got hers for her birthday in November.)

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Tim was also the recipient of a real surprise gift. He’s always liked the ambience of a fireplace and this year we found one on a Black Friday sale, sans smoke and ashes.

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Heidi, the coffee lover of the house, was thrilled with a new coffee pot that doesn’t require restarting a dozen times during the brewing cycle, as well as a Ninja blender to make her smoothies. Since Jordan is a new college grad, her gift from us was something practical–money. I’m sure she’ll put it to good use.

And now we’re enjoying Christmas night in front of our own “fireplace”, basking in the glow of a wonderful multi-week celebration but we really, really hope our next post will NOT be from Kansas!

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