Friday, November 26, 2010
Tradition - A New Chapter
Mom liked to have everything done just right, but she made sure we had a great time, I know she fixed the tree after our attempts at decorating but she did a great job. We painted the windows with holiday scenes, from scratch...not stencils. That's how I plan to spend the holiday, doing the fun stuff, watching It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas Carol and Elf, not at the mall. That doesn't mean there won't be presents, just a lot fewer of them this year. We have started a few additional traditions, I always have a day set aside to do Gingerbread Houses with the Grandkids, my two girls and I have a power baking day and our Christmas Eve dinner. I feel blessed that each year the whole immediate family stays overnight and Santa comes here. It's great chaotic, messy fun and I love it. I think they do too. Hopefully my dad will want to join us this year. He and my mom always spent Christmas Eve going to church and then spending a quiet evening at home. They would open presents on Christmas Eve, my mom started that one, she couldn't wait until morning. In the afternoon we would all invade her house, she had a buffet with her homemade chocolate covered cherries, ham, potato salad, breads, all her homemade goodies. We would all gather round the tree and open gifts then the extended family would come over. Oh it's so hard to think of Christmas without mom this year and every year going forward. She is here in spirit of course, but oh how I miss her physical presence and love.