The holidays have always been a big deal in my family. Not because there are tons of gifts but because it was the one day of the entire year I knew we would all be together.
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved Christmas. I think it all started the day my Dad woke me up from my preschool nap, promptly put on my coat, loaded me up in the truck we fondly called Bluebell and we set out hand in hand to find the perfect Christmas tree.
All these years later it’s still one of the very first things I think about when I’m getting ready to decorate my own tree. I’ve always wanted a white tree and my sweet sister gave me her tree so this year I could have my dream tree. It makes me excited every time I look at it.
These are the memories that make Christmas seem magical. Those magical moments like when your Popa saved the day by giving you the biggest, thickest, longest work socks you’ve ever seen because you left your stocking hanging on the mantle and home is a 4 and a half hour drive back.
Or the time your parents left the sprinklers on over night and you squealed with delight at your own winter wonderland.
We’ve opened presents in little blue boxes and an upright air compressor that was so big we had to throw a sheet over it to “wrap it” because we couldn’t get it out of the truck without my Dad’s help and we didn’t want to ruin his surprise.
I can’t remember most of the gifts I’ve been given over the years but I can always remember the way I feel when I walk in the door of my parent’s home. I hear my Mom’s voice saying, “Hey Hon! It’s Christmas!” She’s usually hugging me and jumping up and down so excited. I smell a mix of salt and cinnamon sugar in the air, a sure sign she’s “gone all out” and made an amazing dinner. My Dad is usually behind a door that says, “Santa’s Workshop Do Not Enter” and my sisters are by my side.
As we begin this season of wonderment let us treasure the spirit of Christmas as we recall the magical moments and hold each other close.
See you back here Monday for our Holiday Blog Series and a week full of recipes, crafts and decorating ideas!
Finally, a very big congratulations to Connie Kline the winner of “Believe in the Magic of Christmas” chalkboard art by artist and friend Liz Bonin!