Christmas is a special time of year and a great time to share memories, so I'd like to share the memory of one of my best Christmases with you.
First though, I must tell you that I was born at 8:20 in the evening on December 25th, and no I'm not going to tell you the year. I will say that I was born in one of the worst blizzards ever to descend on our state. But that's neither here nor there.
My best Christmas was a few years ago. My wonderful DH took me to Hawaii, the big island. We stayed in a brand new condo on the west side of the island. The apartment was so new that when I tried to bake something, the oven wouldn't work. Maintenance arrived to remove the paper and tape obstructing the temperature gauge. It seems we were the first occupants of this unit.
We went shopping the next day and I bought two beautiful muumuus, while my DH bought matching shirts. We wore one of them the next day when we attended a lavish Luau.
But it only got better.
On Christmas day we went to Church to attend the services. The priest reminded us during his sermon that this was a special birthday and then asked if anyone else was celebrating a birthday with Jesus. My husband poked me and with a lot of prodding, I finally stood. I was the only person in that full church who stood. I was wished a happy birthday by everyone around me while the rest of the congregation applauded. For the first time in my life, I got lots of birthday wishes. Believe me when I say, if your birthday falls on Christmas, chances are great it will be forgotten in the excitement of the day.
But my day only got better.
After church we drove to Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park. During our visit I got to walk on an actual volcano. The pungent smell of sulfur permeated the air, and steam rose from countless vent around us. I stood on hardened lava not many feet from the edge of the crater of an active volcano. I was impressed.
But there's more.
I'd already purchased a small standing rib roast to fix for our Christmas dinner. We learned long ago not to trust that restaurants will be open on holidays. On the way back from our visit to the volcano we passed a road side stand selling flowers. My DH stopped and bought me the most gorgeous arrangement for our table. In the center was a bird of paradise and surrounding it were twelve perfect orchids.
To make the day perfect the rib roast was one of the best I've ever cooked and the sunset was magnificent. It was one of the best birthdays I've ever had. A great Christmas too.
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