This is a tough question for me. Christmas has always been a go, go, go time in my life, especially when your parents are divorced and remarried! Most Christmas’ seemed to be making sure we saw all of the families, which for me and my sister was doubled. My fondest Christmas memories as a child come from before my parents split up. I remember being at my grandmother’s house, with my aunt, uncle, cousin, and great aunt. It was nothing special, except for the fact our family felt whole and close. It was warm and full of love. I loved the smells the came from the kitchen. Playing with all her old school wind up Santas that rode their tricycles across the kitchen floor. We would always eat a large meal then of course there was present time, which one of the kids could wait for!
I miss those days. I look back and think about all the lessons I learned from Christmas. I learned about the importance of family and being together. I learned that Christmas is not about the gifts, even though as a child they are fun, even if it is a box of socks you will never wear! Christmas is about celebrating life and love. As I grew older and discovered the real magic of Christmas, that God wanted us to understand what real love was, He sent His Son Jesus to paint a masterpiece of what love could really be. He meant for us to live and love one another in fantastic ways, the way He loves us. Christmas should be more than just the hurry up from one place to another, and blowing the bank on gifts. It should be something that celebrates the divine coming into our world that brings that hope. Love, and joy that changes the face of human kind.
I miss my childhood Christmas’, and at the same time I am so excited about the next Christmas! I am excited because once again I get to remember Christmas’ past, but also get to be a part of creating a new Christmas present, where I can once again feel that love of friends and family, and where I can love others just as I was loved as a kid. I get to be a part of a new Christmas story every year. The question is, what kind of story will I help to create this year???