Monday, December 13, 2010
On Saturday we, Emily, Richard and I, went to see Trisha and Bill for Aidan's 8th Birthday. It was lovely spending time with my daughter and her family. Trisha and Bill have four children and are constantly busy with activities that come with these very active children. I honestly don't know how they do it! Just watching was exhausting, each needing some attention with this or that. I see so much joy and happiness in this wonderful family.
As I sat watching and participating in the conversations going on around me, I looked at their home, their tree was up and decorations sparkled among the lights. I also saw sitting in special places the Santa's and Snowmen that have come from my own collections. I decided a couple years ago to start letting the grand children pick something from my decorations to take home and call their own. Seeing these treasures that were a part of our tradition and are now becoming a part of their traditions.
Something clicked in my brain! My children come home with their families every Christmas because they too want to be immersed in our family tradition. They want to come and see what they remember our house was like when they were growing up! The fact that they still come home is my gift from them, could I ever want more? I am going to finish my decorating, putting out Mr. and Mrs. Santa in the sleigh with all the gold glittered reindeer. I will again set out the many snowmen in the bay window of the dining room on batting covered lights to look like a winter wonderland. Out comes the nativity and I'll plug in the star to shine over the manger scene. I purchased this 42 years ago, the first Christmas of our marriage. I will set out the special angels that have come from my Mother and even the one I got in fourth grade that is a candle that got too warm and has fallen sideways. I will set hand crafted Santa's on the hearth by the fire place and wherever else there is an empty place. I will hang some of the wreaths to the inside and outside doors and maybe even bake some cookies. Yes, I am getting in the mood for Christmas at last!
Now, if I could just muster up some excitement about shopping!