Dec 23, 2014

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day...

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
 everything is softer and more beautiful....

My favorite time of the year has always been Christmas and still is. Christmas day is also my
mom's birthday so it is doubly special.  I remember from my childhood days when we would
 all wake up very early and my mom and dad would gather us all around the tree while still in
 our pajamas. My dad would read us a verse from the Bible.  We would all listen very
 attentively, you see my dad is a good storyteller and whatever he was reading to us
always came out in the form of an enchanted story.  We all loved these moments
 and looked forward to it yearly.   Those days will forever be cherished in my
memories and never be forgotten.  My parents continue keeping this
 tradition to this day.  Now my nieces and
nephews also look forward to it...

I also realize the holidays are not the favorite time for many. Today everything
 has become so commercialized. Many of the younger generation look forward 
to receiving and have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas...

For me it's a time of sharing, and being with loved ones.  I like everyone do like 
receiving presents, but this is not what I think of when I think of Christmas....
I remember certain aromas from little.  There was baking, cooking,
 decorating the tree, caroling and most of all there was lots
 of love and laughter all around us. 

Arvid is not crazy about Christmas...never has been, but I am hoping that little by
 little he will get more into the spirit.    Hopefully this Christmas his heart 
is more into it.  Every year is a chance for him to get it right.

This year my Christmas will be spent with my parents and my sisters
and their families.  So very much looking forward to this and even though 
it will be cold, being around family at this time of the year makes everything better.

Let's all have a wonderful holiday season, and let us not forget that Christmas is a 
season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas 
if you stop opening presents and listen....