Christmas means many things to many people.
Here is what Christmas is to our family.
Christmas is …
– a day to celebrate new birth.
– hoping for snow but never usually getting it.
– singing Silent Night by candlelight at midnight in German.
– stocking stuffer shopping with my mama at Walgreens on Christmas Eve morning.
– making messes in the kitchen with the kids.
– missing loved ones who have passed on.
– listening to Christmas music while licking the envelopes of cards.
– oranges, peppermint and clove.
– eating spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Eve.
– having an excuse to have cookies in the kitchen at any given time.
– opening and listening to the Ashland University Christmas card with tears in my eyes (2004 is my personal favorite.)
– the only time of year I use Karo syrup.
– taking a winter walk on Christmas Eve.
– the clinking of bells from the Salvation Army helpers.
– wrapping presents while the kids are sleeping.
– footie pajamas and morning eyes.
– parties with people you rarely get to see, drinking drinks that make you happy.
– Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. Google it. Then watch it.
– sitting in the glow of the tree lights and talking.
– shopping with daddy to buy mommy and the grandparents things like earrings, perfume and talking reindeers.
– watching movies every night of the week and maybe staying up a little late on a school night.
These things and more are what Christmas means to our family.
As we celebrate this blessed season, know that I am thankful for you!