For as long as I can remember, I have been enchanted by this time of year. I can recall my first memory of driving around town to see all the holiday lights just like it was yesterday. The experience of seeing the brightly colored displays in neighborhoods around town, taking a trip to see “the World’s Largest Living Christmas Tree,” making Christmas cookies, stringing popcorn and cranberries to hang on the tree, watching the classic holiday movies and reading ’Twas The Night Before Christmas” were all special traditions I looked forward to each year.
When my children were young, I embraced every opportunity to create special traditions with them. Some I continued from my childhood and others were new. I loved watching the excitement on their faces as they experienced special moments in the days leading up to and on Christmas day. I believe that true magic happened in those moments. The kind of magic that will always exist within our hearts, if we truly believe.
Although some traditions have changed a bit since my children have become teenagers, they are no less meaningful. I hope that, one day, my children will look forward to sharing special traditions with their children, and even carry forward some from their childhood. ❤
I hope you all take time to reflect on this lovely and memorable time of year as you honor your special traditions and spend time with family and friends. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and all the joy and peace of this magical season.