With Thanksgiving over and Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn to visiting family. Growing up everyone came to our house for the holidays and mom put out a great spread but when I got older I loved seeing the face of a very special, younger cousin in Christmas morning so I’d trek the 80 miles on Christmas Eve just so I could be there when she woke up Christmas morning.
Even though I was single I always had company in the form of my Sheltie, Cody. Cody was the perfect travel companion because she stayed in the back and loved to stretch out, leaving me in the comfort of the front seat and I do like my comfort. I’d get the seat back in the perfect position, my seat itself adjusted to the right length so I can stretch and move my legs and of course the passenger seat held my travel necessities; ice water, beef sticks and CD’s.
Once I arrived at my destination my cousin, who was around 8 or 9 would drive around looking at holiday decorations and lights. We’d turn the radio off and sing Christmas songs as we drove, often forgetting words and laughing the entire time.
When I think of Christmas it’s all about family and creating new memories each year. Now that I’ve relocated to Small Town Alabama there’s not much family around but those memories of holiday’s past keep me warm and a bit nostalgic. On a happy note there will be a child in our home next Christmas in the form of our 7 (by then she’ll be 8) year old granddaughter. I can’t wait to see Christmas through her eyes as she experiences the wonder of the season and the joy and magic of Christmas morning.
What memories do the holidays bring for you?
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