Christmas Is

This post was originally published at Chicago Parent where I am a regular contributor.  Christmas means many things to many people.
Here is what Christmas Is to our family.

Christmas Is…..

– a day to celebrate new birth.

– hoping for snow but never usually getting it.

– singing Silent Night by candlelight at midnight in German.

– stocking stuffer shopping with my mama at Walgreen’s Christmas Eve morning.

– making messes in the kitchen with the kids.

– missing loved ones who have passed on.

– listening to Christmas music while licking the envelopes of cards.

– oranges, peppermint and clove.

– eating spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Eve.

– having an excuse to have cookies in the kitchen at any given time.

– opening and listening to the Ashland University Christmas card with tears in my eyes.. …2004 is my personal favorite.

– the only time of year I use Karo syrup.

– taking a winter walk on Christmas Eve.

– the clinking of bells from the Salvation Army helpers.

– wrapping presents while the kids are sleeping.

– footie pajamas and morning eyes.

– parties with people you rarely get to see, drinking drinks that make you happy.

– Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. Google it. Then watch it.

– Sitting in the glow of the tree lights and talking.

– shopping with daddy to buy mommy and the grandparents things like earrings, perfume and talking reindeers.

– watching movies every night of the week and maybe staying up a little late on a school night.

These things and more are what Christmas means to our family.
As we celebrate this blessed season, know that I am thankful for you!
Merry Christmas!

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