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As you decorate your tree with ornaments handed down from one generation to another, gather the recipes for holiday foods you’ve made year after year, and send Christmas cards to relatives and friends with whom you have shared many happy memories, revel in the nostalgia and the comforting feeling that side of the Christmas season brings.
Memories of Christmas by Sonia G. Medeiros
As Christmas approaches, this year more than ever, I’ve been reflecting on memories of Christmas past and how I want my children to remember their Christmases.
What is it I remember about Christmas?
Oh sure, there are the presents. I’ll never forget how nerdily excited I was to unwrap the Nancy Drew books my mom got me, or the bike my dad built or the beautiful cloth doll with the long blue dress my grandparents gave me. But my favorite memories of Christmas are the things that weren’t wrapped in shiny paper.
My mom shared her love of eggnog with me and always made sure we were stocked up for the whole season. I always think of her when I drink eggnog and sometimes we’re the only two people in our family who drink it during the holiday (the fifty bazillion calories be darned…do not even show up with the “lite” eggnog!).
I think of my grandfather’s model train running through the living room and around the tree. How I loved to watch it chug along the little track, past the ceramic, Dickenseque village and itty bitty model trees.
I think of the special candles lit only for Christmas.
I think of playing Nerf football in the street with my uncles because Christmas weather was almost always sunny and above 70 degrees where I grew up.
Most of all, I think of all of us sitting around, laughing and talking after the presents have been opened. Munching on stollen and Christmas cookies and enjoying each other. There were Christmases where family tensions ignited but mostly we tried to forget our differences and be together.
Now that I’m a parent, I realize how important that sense of togetherness was, how the joy of the little details far outlasted the shiny presents. We do love to indulge the children from their Christmas wish list but I know that those things will not last as long as the special atmosphere and the family rituals we create.
And, as a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in all the holiday hubbub…finding that “perfect” gift and running from store to store. And I must always keep in mind the memories that really, really last and strive to build those with love and joy and togetherness.
What are your favorite memories of Christmas? What kind of memories are you making now?
Thanks for being with us today, Sonia. I remember feeling the same way as a young mom. Now I see my own daughter creating memorable Christmases for her daughters. This was a lovely post.
Sonia G Medeiros is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She’s the author of more than a dozen short stories and flash fiction pieces, blogs at WordPress, and is working on her first novel, a dark fantasy. When she’s not wandering along the tangled paths of her wild imagination, she wrangles home life with one fabulous husband, two amazing, homeschooled children, three dogs, one frog and two cats who battle each other for world domination.
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