Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I Love Christmas!

I have always loved the holidays - all of them! Okay sometimes Valentine's is not my favorite since I don't always have a Valentine.

From Thanksgiving on is a very special time of year for me. I love making dinner, all the preparations, cooking and baking and seeing the joy of family and friends. Decorating the house! It sets a nice precedent for the rest of the year with all the hustle and bustle. I always wanted to the see the sites of NYC during the holidays and it is so much fun and so many people!

Normally I shop and shop and shop. This year has been much different due to a knee injury as it is difficult to shop and also economically. I don't have the same amount of disposable income. I have had to come up with creative ideas and have done so.

What's magical about this time of year is also my childhood. I have wonderful parents. My father has been deceased for over 25 years. For some reason, I really miss him this year and am a little emotional about it too. My dad was a great guy who never really had a childhood. He wanted his children to have a good upbringing and to have great Christmases.

Being the youngest he always tried to trick me to tell what he was getting for Christmas. Of course he always succeeded much to the dismay of my mother and siblings. The last year that all of us were home, Dad was very excited. The tree was beautiful and I knew I found him the perfect gift. He couldn't figure what it was by looking at the package!

After dinner, his words were, "Feed the dogs, do the dishes, it will get dark quicker." Those words are immortalized to me. It was a wonderful Christmas. He died about two weeks later; the day after a North Dakota blizzard. But the memories of family, friends and holidays will be with me forever and make me smile.

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!


MsAnomaly said...

Beautiful post, Annie. Christmas has always been "the big holiday" for my family, too. Time has changed things; many family members and friends of my parents are gone, some of my family lives far away, and many of our friends have moved away, or are busy with their own immediate families. I too love to decorate, bake, and cook that big dinner! Things change; life happens, but those childhood Christmas memories are the lifeblood of the holiday season. I think my family has given my children such memories, and that is a great blessing! Peace on Earth; good treats for dogs! ;) Linda & Flash

AlliesAdornments said...

Merry Christmas & big hugs to you! This was a lovely post, straight from the heart.
Best wishes for an amazing year in 2009!

(I love looking at these big puppy eyes over here>>>>)

Piggy said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing! You have a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year ahead :) *Hugs*