Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nostalgia

The Christmas season always makes me think of Christmases of the past. Specifically, Christmases as a child. My Christmas memories are filled with joy, happiness, tenderness and excitement. I was blessed to have magical Christmases, and find myself hoping I am instilling these same memories in my own children.
Christmas time especially makes me think of loved ones no longer with us. I have found myself on several occasions already this holiday season, blinking away tears as I think of them. I thought aloud to my mother the other day, how I wish we could blend past and current generations together. (...one day...)

Nostalgia:

"a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time:"

So in my current state of nostalgia, I will return in thought to Christmases past.

*Shopping in the high street with one parent then switching.
*Loving the Band Aid song and Dad buying it on record for me and my brother, Matt.
*Making Christmas crackers with Granny
*Having The Brains over for Christmas Night
*Looking out my brother's bedroom window and KNOWING I saw the lights of a sleigh.
*Always sleeping in the same room as my brother on Christmas Eve
*Granny riding my new bike in the front garden
*Feeling the weight of a filled stocking at the foot of my bed
*Granny snoring on the couch while we played with our Christmas treasures
*A tin of Quality Street under the tree
*Christmas card table at the church
*Mary and Joseph Journey to Bethlehem Advent

These are just a few of my random, favorite Christmas memories. ...Makes me wonder what my children will remember most about Christmas...

What do you remember most?
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