Christmas. I love the season, the Christmas carols, homes decorated to the nines. It all makes me happy inside. Christmas trees all decked out, especially those with one-of-a-kind ornaments collected over the years, so, that, every ornament brings out its own memories of the story behind it.
Love the light displays – they make me feel the magic in the holidays, I can wander around looking at them for hours.
I have wonderful memories of Christmas. Warm memories filled with laughter, wonderful smells of Christmas dinner cooking. Sitting at the table enjoying the dinner of carefully prepared home cooked food, family and friends gathered round, and then, the table games that followed creating much laughter.
As I get older, I enjoy those memories even more. They balance the sad memories that also hold a part of my heart. You can’t live life without having both types of memories, so I’m thankful I have so many good memories.
Now to my confession. I only do Christmas decorations once in a while at my home.
Some years, I pull out all my Christmas decorations, and spend the next couple of days decorating the house. Every ornament I’ve acquired over the years, each with their own story, carefully wrapped to prevent damage, unwrapped, and placed lovingly in just the right spot. All treasures, some decades old, some new.
I love my home decked out, it’s beautiful, unique, and very me.
Some years are just too hard to decorate because of losses, especially one that happened at Christmas time. Other years, I’m not physically able to do it. Sometimes it’s both.
This year it’s both; and people in my life are more important than decorations.
I’m still happy it’s Christmas. I’ll still enjoy the Christmas movies, carols, the hustle and bustle, time spent with friends and family. I learned a long time ago that you don’t need decorations to create the spirit of Christmas, you just need love in your heart, and a willingness, to enjoy the spirit of the holiday.
If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you many wonderful memories made this year.
To everyone – I wish you all the best. Stay safe.