Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’
I have many wonderful memories of Christmas growing up. It doesn’t surprise me that many of them have to do with my grandma. She had many grandchildren but always made sure I got something special under the tree. She gave me my first stamp album, books I treasured and even my first Elvis Presley album! Christmas dinners at grandma’s place was special. Her small house brimmed over with aunts, uncles and cousins. The meal would be delicious with special treats we only got at Christmas time. Grandma provided these treasured memories that always return at this time of the year. I don’t think I ever told her how much they meant to me.
My 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren live in another province so I don’t see them as often as I would like. I’ve only spent a few Christmases with them over the years. Every year I enjoy choosing gifts for all of them, carefully wrapping them and packaging them up to send off in the mail. I like picking out a number of small items instead of one big gift for each. I know kids like lots of gifts to open. There is always a book or two for each child of course (and not always mine!) I admit I have always felt it wasn’t quite enough. I felt guilty not being with them and cooking a big meal for them like my grandma used to do.
Then I got this Facebook message from my second granddaughter, herself a mother of a 3 1/2 year old:
We received the box In the mail! Funny, a few days ago I was looking back on Christmas as a kid, and remembering the grandma Darlene boxes that would come in the mail. And how special and magical it felt to have gotten all those packages for us from you!!! Felt like there was a hundred! Haha! Then boom there’s one on my door step for Devin. Law of Attraction at my door. You made that a very rememberable, special memory for us girls. Something traditional. Thank you. Can’t wait to see what special things you found for Devin. xoxoxo love you!
Later I got a message from her older sister, a mother of a 6 year old.
We got the parcel! I always loved getting those parcels. XO
Then I realized that in my crazy, busy, whirlwind life, I was still making Christmas memories as a grandmother too!
The best gifts I have ever received are my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those of you with grandchildren and those of you without, I hope you are making special Christmas memories for the young ones in your life.
Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. ~Donald A. Norberg
I have been having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year. My broken ankle has stopped me from doing the many activities I do at this time of year. My energy is low, a feeling I am unfamiliar with. Then the terrible news from Friday made me wish there would be no Christmas at all this year. My friend Niamh Clune wrote a meaningful poem in memory of those lives lost and posted it on her blog To all those whose hearts are bleeding… It says it all.
I felt like I was just going through the motions, that wonderful Christmas feeling just wasn’t there. And I am a total Christmasy person. My dear husband decorated my car with reindeer antlers and a Rudolf nose much to my delight. My coworker came in early on her day off and decorated our shared office to cheer me. These things helped but I still wasn’t in the spirit I usually am at this time of year.
Then this morning I opened up a blog post from another blogging friend, Jennifer Kiley wishing everyone Happy Chanukah, with this delightful video by the Maccabeats telling the story of Hanukkah.
And guess what? That wonderful Christmas feeling of love, joy and peace filled my heart. The Maccabeats saved my Christmas. Hope you enjoy them as well.
What does it take to get you in the holiday spirit?
I just returned from a trip to Alberta where I spent an early Christmas with my family. I had a wonderful time and wish to share it with a video.
Merry Christmas to all my blog followers. Thank you for your visits to my blogs and your much appreciated comments and support. Enjoy the season and please share your stories and pictures.