Merry Christmas to All...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

And so we've made it to another Christmas. This holiday last year we had a newborn and we tried out our new little family traditions-- a fancy dinner, reading The Night Before Christmas, leaving out cookies for Santa "just because", cozy-ing up in Christmas PJ' was so special and our first Christmas as a family.

I have great memories of Christmas as a kid: Finding the perfect (REAL) tree, picking out new ornaments each year at the Christmas Mouse on Richmond Road, ripping through presents in a matter of seconds on Christmas morning, saying 'thank you' for every single thing I received (down to a pair of socks or a new toothbrush) to show my complete appreciation. With 4 kids, we had sectioned areas under the tree where all our presents were placed. There wasn't any confusion as to who was getting what presents. My parents were the best about that. There were so many details that made our Christmases so special. Different colored wrapping paper for Santa's presents. Personalized notes from Santa on special gifts like books or dolls... I remember all of those things. 

I remember waking up at 4 a.m. and trying to get the rest of the house awake, only to hear my mom say to wait at least until 6:00. I remember my Dad ringing the "sleigh bells" outside after we had opened presents to wake up the rest of the neighborhood. I remember always checking out what cookies Santa decided to eat-- Chocolate Chip or the peanut butter hershey kiss kind? Waiting until a decent time to call all my friends in the neighborhood so we could share what we got for Christmas. These were the little things I always anticipated, year after year.

Our Christmases definitely changed over the years, kids growing up, parents separating, but these memories I'll never forget. My parents made Christmas special and I'll always be thankful for that. Not to mention I think back on all the wonderful gifts we got, and now as a working-parent who wants to give their kid everything, I realize how hard my parents worked to give us the bikes, the boomboxes, the jewelry, the dolls...etc. I hope that Greg and I can make Christmas as magical and special as my parents made it for me. We'll start our own traditions, carry on ones we've always had, and make new memories for our own family.
I love this holiday for that reason-- for the tradition, for the magic, for the family. Don't get me wrong, it's stressful, it requires a lot of cocktails and patience these days, but if I can make some pretty damn good memories for my kid, then it's totally all worth it.
Merry Christmas to you and your families, and here's to making new memories!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for helping me remember all of our special memories. I loved every minute making them. Love You. ♡