I'm overwhelmed with Christmas memories today. So many wonderful times, and high hopes for another amazing time with family this year. My childhood Christmases were filled with magic... fun decorating the house and the tree, music, caroling, lots of family, great food, and there were the presents.
Grandma used to let sis and I help decorate a special tree for the dining table. It started with a Styrofoam cone, then we covered it from top to bottom with colorful, sugary gumdrops. We used toothpicks to secure them, so when dinner was over you could pull a gumdrop off the tree and it would be on it's own little stick. We would keep filling in the blank spots with more gumdrops, till there were no more in the bag.
When Christmas was at our house, the grown-ups sat in the dining room and the kids squeezed around the kitchen table. I remember when the kids table got too full and I was promoted to the grown-up table! It was so exciting. I now got shrimp cocktail for my appetizer, instead of fruit cocktail like the little kids!
I find that most of my memories are not of the packages I received, but of the gift of family and friends... I remember the love.
Have a blessed day my friends...