Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Magic of Christmas

To me the holiday season has always been a time of family, great food and Santa! All of these things are full of magic in their own right. Even though we're a tad loud and crazy, my family is full of laughs and good memories to be had. Food is almost always magical, again my sisters are AH-MAZING cooks/bakers.

Then there is Santa. Santa is just one big ball of the unknown, wonder, amazement and happiness for most kids. I was definitely no different. I think I believed in the person of Santa until I was at least ten or twelve, and I believe in the spirit of Santa still, today. The excitement of Christmas Eve, the entire day building up to going to bed, and of course, reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas after we laid out cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and the reindeer. Convincing myself I most definitely heard hooves on the roof or at least a slight jingle of sleigh bells.

And then, after just a few hours of sleep, the best part, sneaking out of my room, down the stairs to the family room, in the wee hours of the morning before anyone else was awake and tip toeing into our living room. Turning the corner and seeing our tree in all its glory. Beautiful shining lights, carefully placed ornaments, and most importantly, the loot! Finding that super special Christmas gift, the one that was the hottest toy of the season, I would always be so excited. Oh that was always exhilarating! Partially because I knew if my mom found me sneaking an early peek she would not be pleased, and because all the awesome, new surprises, wrapped with bows under the tree.

As an adult and now as a mother, I take extra care to wrap my daughter's gifts, because that memory sticks with me today. It didn't even matter (much) what was IN those gifts, it truly was a thing of beauty to just SEE those gifts under the gorgeous tree. I couldn't tell you one specific Christmas that was more magical than others, as they were all magical in their own right.

Those memories are the ones that have stuck with me throughout the years, I think of them every holiday season with my family and I can only hope they look back on these days and feel the same sense of wonder and happiness I still feel to this day!

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1 comment:

  1. It's always about the memories. I try to make things as memorable as possible for my children too because that is what truly sticks with them.


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