It has been a while since we spent a Christmas holiday with family and it was great. I will admit, spending Christmas in Paris and Brugge was also spectacular, but there is something about being home that is different and great.

It also meant that we are facing our first winter in many moons and while it isn’t as crazy as I hear it was last year (feet of snow versus inches of snow), it is still a bit of a shock to the system. The biggest issue with winter is activity. It is natural to want to hibernate from the cold, but that isn’t good for the heart, mind or soul.

So we spent the holiday skiing, snow shoeing, tobogganing and playing more board games than we have played in years. I forgot how fun the Game of Life can be (there are many ways that statement can be interpreted). Rummikub, Sequence, Apples to Apples (at a friends house) were high on the list as was COD6.

What we didn’t do was attend a New Years party. Instead, we celebrated as a family. It was fantastic and as we went to bed, the snow started to hit. It was beautiful ..

2009 New Years Eve  (2)

And it hasn’t stopped snowing since.

2009 Christmas Snow  (4)

2010 awaits .. it is going to be fun.

‘Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful’

                                                                                                                   Albert Schweitzer

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