Ah…Christmas Reflections


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

What a different kind of Christmas for the Sherwood family!  Traditionally, the immediate Sherwood family (parents, sons, and wives) spend Christmas together.  Last year you may recall our family adventure to Japan (Kiori’s homeland). This year, our older son Aaron and his wife Kiori are living in Abu Dhabi. They could not join us in person but definitely in spirit via Facetime. What a wonderful way to help bridge the gap between time and distance with a face to face conversation!

This Christmas was different for a very big reason.  We welcomed Jackson Volkan Sherwood into our family on November 12, 2017.  With his arrival, the whole Sherwood world has changed.  How could one person steal your heart, time and energy?  The new Christmas routine (or lack thereof) revolved around ESPP (Jackson’s eating, sleeping, peeing and pooping).  WOW!  What a difference a year makes!

But with this came a real appreciation for the meaning of family and that all presents do not come in a box.  Here is a quote from How the Grinch Stole Christmas that has been replaying in my head.  This was our sons’ favorite Christmas book.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

So the gift of a new life certainly means more.  Thank you, Jake and Elif for such an amazing gift! 

Here are my favorite photos from Jackson’s first Christmas!

BEFORE:  With all the ESPP there was no time to decorate!

AFTER:  During nap time, G-Mom added a little Christmas spirit!

Later two additional touches were added…fused glass trees with LED lighting.

Mom and Jackson in his comfy K’tan carrier out for a holiday stroll!

Definitely one of Jackson’s favorite activities!

Jackson’s silly giggle!

Winking and joking already!

Three generations of Sherwood men sharing a beer.  (Not the baby, yet!)

A great family photo despite the lack of Jackson’s full attention!

Stretching after all the effort of opening presents!  Whew!

I leave you with thoughts of wonderful memories and anticipation of this year’s new adventures as we keep the meaning of Christmas alive all year!

Happy New Year!


Mary Sherwood Lifestyles



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