Friday, December 25, 2015

Make Christmas Magic...

Growing up, Christmastime at my grandparents house in Anaconda Montana was magical. Even though we lived in Seattle, we would always make the drive back, no matter what. Grandma would always have at least 5 different kinds of homemade cookies, the house was decorated everywhere with lights, and the tree was always one picked and chopped by my grandpa and uncles. It always smelled so good at grandma's! Seeing ornaments that my mom had made growing up was always a wonder to me. My mom was once a little girl? Weird!

My grandparents had 7 kids, some moved out to Seattle, some to California, some stayed in the little town. But nearly every year, each one would make it home for the holidays. There were aunts and uncles and spouses and old family friends, all crammed in a small house, fighting for a spot to sit on the old gas stove because it was so cold outside. Wall to wall people, and a feeling of belonging to something very special.

There were really only four of us little kids that grew up together. We were all about 2 years apart in age. Every year, my grandpa would have their neighbor, Ray, dress up as Santa. He would come about 7:00 pm every Christmas Eve, toy sack and all. He would ask if we'd really been good, and then personally deliver one toy that each of us got to open right then. We thought we were so special, because none of our friends got a personal visit from Santa!

Since my grandma passed in 1998, we, as a family, have just never been able to recapture that magic. The youngest ones in our family are now 16 and 14, and they were born after that special time. Everyone is so busy with work and sports and activities that trying to get everyone together gets really complicated. Our kids are grown, and have to split time with the other family members of their significant others. It is sad to know what could be, but just not be able to make it happen.

Some things that we take for granted don't last. And you never know when those times will change, and how long you may have with those you love. Today is the good old days. Revel in it, hold on to each other, make being together happen. Say I Love You, stay connected. It's really all that matters.

Merry Christmas everyone!

9 comments:

  1. "Today is the good old days. Revel in it, hold on to each other." So true. Beautiful post reminding me that our family used to get together and cram into my in-laws' home, and enjoy the noise, commotion, and each other .

    ReplyDelete
  2. Merry Christmas, Jodi. Thanks for the lovely post, I just got home from supper with my family, lots of laughs and love,
    I wish you the same.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Shelley! Though the gatherings are not as large these days, there is amazingly still so much love and support with those that remain. We are going to keep this good thing going!

      Delete
  3. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Jodi and a very happy New Year =0)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Pepper! I wish the same for you and your family! And hopefully, many new projects to come!

      Delete
  4. Dear Jodi, lovely post thank you . I enjoyed hearing about your Grandparents and how their efforts created such lovely memories for you. We endeavour to replicate that time for our own children and now grandchildren. I know our sons reflect on their childhood Christmas celebrations and I am sure our grandchildren will find their own too. It is a magical time in childhood.
    Regards for a healthy and happy 2016.
    Regards Janine in Canada

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Janine! It is so nice to hear that you are facilitating the magic and the memories! It seems like when that one special coordinating person can't do it any longer, another person in the family really needs to step up! Thankfully, I think my daughter really wants the position!
      Wishing you a wonderful and magical New Year, as well!

      Delete
  5. Lovely thoughts. The busy-ness of life is robbing us all of such precious memories as these. Thanks for sharing them. - S

    ReplyDelete