Kristy J. Geisler

My husband Randy and I are doing something very different for us. We are staying here in Claremore for Christmas and missing with being with our sons and their families this holiday. Our kids live in the far reaches of the country. The oldest is in Idaho, our middle son is in South Carolina and the youngest at Camp Pendleton in California.

Christmas has always been a big deal for us. We still celebrate traditions from when our kids were toddlers. We have also started a new tradition that our daughter-in-law Lori shared with our family. Which means for our Christmas Eve dinner we will enjoy a spaghetti meal, and traditional fare on Christmas day. A quick phone call to them to check on Piedmont, SC weather will be in order.

We will wake up early on Christmas morning to FaceTime with the Cali grandkids and get the pleasure of watching them open their gifts from Santa. That excitement lasts about twenty minutes, and then they are off to play with their new toys and gifts like 16, 12 and 9 year olds do. It gives us time to visit with their dad and mom, as we watch them clean up the wrapping paper.

Next call is to Idaho. That call always starts with “do you have a white Christmas”? The answer is generally “Yes”! Our oldest granddaughter is there from college, and our grandson will have driven up from Salt Lake City to spend the day. Our son usually sends us pictures of the giant meal he and our daughter-in-law are preparing for family and friends.

So as you can tell – we will be in Claremore, but still surrounded by a wonderful time of family in a modern era way. We feel blessed as a family to have the love of wonderful children, siblings and friends. This time of year always makes me think of my favorite Christmas carol:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Let your heart be light

Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Make the yuletide gay

Next year all our troubles will be miles away


Once again as in olden days

Happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Will be near to us once more


Someday soon we all will be together

If the fates allow

Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

God bless you and yours during this special time of year.

Kristy J. Geisler is the publisher of the Claremore Daily Progress.