With the holidays fast approaching and the 2010 Holiday Gift Guide in full swing I thought I’d share some of my favorite Christmas memories.
My mom came from a very large family, 13 in all and they were very close. When I was born she made the decision that we wouldn’t go anywhere for Christmas since it wasn’t fair to allow the kids to open then take them away so you could go visiting. So, Thanksgiving we visited others and Christmas was at our house and we always had people coming and going.
I loved the days when I’d wake up and run out to see all the goodies Santa brought me under the tree. Santa’s gifts weren’t wrapped so I could see the doll sitting so pretty or the stroller and dollhouse set up just waiting for me. One year I even got a train set.
We didn’t have a fireplace but we still hung our Christmas Stockings. Those were usually hung empty on the tree and the next morning they’d be laying underneath and full with fruit and nuts. I always remember that orange stuck in the toe with the nuts falling out the top. There was also some Christmas candy in there and my favorite were the jelly filled hard candies. Strawberry and raspberry were the ones I liked best.
As I got older I wanted to go back to those times when Christmas had a special magic but can never quite get it right. Maybe it’s because that magic is only for children or perhaps it’s because Christmas is always bigger and better as seen through the eyes of a child. No matter which it is, I’m finding a different type of magic on Christmas. The magic of love, renewal and forgiveness as I now understand the true meaning of Christmas is not about presents or trees but about the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation wrapped in the package of a baby born in a manger.
Merry Christmas to all of my loyal readers.