When you think back to childhood memories of this holiday season what memories bring a smile of joy to you?
For most of us the memory is of something simple, something that did not cost a great deal of money and that did involve an act of kindness or love.
- My younger sister poor in her first year of college knitting each of us snowmen to go on our Christmas trees.
- Buttered popcorn and hot chocolate while grandpa tells us stories.
- Watching my father and Uncle Clifford lay on their backs under the Christmas tree trying with their tongues to pull chocolate ornaments off the tree because you could not touch them until after Christmas dinner.
- Being given my Grandmother’s current Christmas bread recipe and hearing stories about this wonderful woman who died the year I was born.
Be mindful this season of the childhood memories that have carried you through the years, and create opportunities for your family to have similar memories.
Keep Christmas simple, with time for laughing, sharing stories, being present with each other with no expectations other than to spend the holidays together.