Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Wishes

Christmas wishes. Do you remember how you wished for things as a child and held your breath on Christmas morning as you tiptoed into the living room to see what Santa had left? I remember the "Dawn" dolls that were wrapped under the tree, the drum set that mysteriously disappeared shortly after Christmas festivities were over, the Frye boots (circa 1970s), and the guitar that I never learned to play.

Hannah has always kept her Christmas wish list manageable, but I'm sure my mother spent months paying for the gifts she gave her three girls. Christmas was her favorite time of the year with its decorations, pretty wrappings, and giving gifts that she hoped we would cherish. Even as we got older, Christmas was a special time for her. One year, she bought us nice wall clocks. Mine still hangs in the living room chiming out the hours day and night. The last Christmas gift she gave was an angel. My sisters and I found them wrapped and tagged in her closet after she had passed away just a few weeks before Christmas. Now, December brings with it a mix of joy and sadness as I inevitably think of my mother and how much she loved us and our Christmases together.

I can't hear "The Little Drummer Boy" without thinking of her. We even played that carol during visitation before her funeral. And I always think of how festive she made her home, adding decorative finishes to each room in her house.

My wish this year is for everyone to find joy in each and every moment of the Christmas season and to spend the holidays enjoying loved ones and friends.

Merry Christmas from my home to yours....


Cinner said...

Roban Merry Christmas to you too. I understand what you mean, it is great you have these wonderful memories of your Mom, when my Dad died in May of 2009, he was talking about how good it was that we were all home for Christmas and had I put the turkey in. I have some peace in knowing he was thinking of wonderful thoughts....wishing you all the best and hoping you have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year. hugs to you.

miruspeg said...

A beautiful Christmas tribute to your Mother.....such wonderful memories for you.
I can imagine this time of year is a bitter/sweet one for you Roban, but how amazing that her last Christmas gift from her was an angel!
As always I wish you joy in your life and strength when times are hard.
Warmest heart hugs
Peggy xxxxxxx

Relyn said...

Christmas Day has flown past. Just now I have a quiet moment between bouts of after-Christmas sale shopping. I wanted to stop by and wish you all the joys of the season. As the quiet week approaches, may you find time to do all the things you most love. May you know, each day, how very blessed and loved you are. Happy Holidays, friend. ~ Relyn

McMGrad89 said...

Dawn dolls and Frye boots. Good memories, but none will compare to those you got to spend with your mother. I am glad I was able to make the long drive to my mother's this year even if it was only for two days. I am glad that you have such good memories of Christmases with your mom. May the memories strengthen and the pain weaken as the years pass.