The Sparkle of the Season

Dear Readers, lets take a walk down memory lane.

During this season of giving, receiving, cooking, shopping and decking the halls, different generations will gather under the warmth, smells and sparkle of the holiday season. People are enthralled with the delight and charm of this magical time of the year. Homes are buzzing with family and friends arriving from near and far, and at grandma’s house there will be stories of old and new to share. All eyes will be on the news babies, and the amazement of the little tots who have sprouted up an inch or two. During this time of year the emotional bond deepens as new memories are made, and some recipes are passed from one generation  to the next.

I often think back to my childhood Christmases the anticipation of my father and brothers arriving with a fresh pine smelling tree. The arrival of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors  to help trim the tree, while we ate delicious home baked treats, and indulged in my father home made fruit punch made with real fruit, laughing and singing Christmas  carols. In those days the excitement wasn’t  about gifts the importance of the season was about the unity of family and connecting with neighbors.  I remember my father piling us in that old blue station wagon, and riding through different neighborhoods admiring the elaborate decorations. When we returned home my mother would be waiting with hot chocolate and a fresh biscuits.

Christmas day was one of those rare occasions when everyone keep on their pajamas, while unwrapping  gifts and eating breakfast. There  was no rush to leave the house. Christmas  day was a day for family to stay home. My dad would read the story of the three Magi followed by watching the parade. Since we lived in a four story brownstone we hosted the family dinner on Christmas  day. The house was filled with fun, food, laugher, and people coming and going. The celebration  would last deep into the night with the adults lingering in the dining room, while the children  settle in the living room either asleep or watching Christmas movies.

I truly  miss the joy and simplicity of those days. I think the holidays have been destroyed by commercialism, greed and the deal of black Friday. People give because they expect to receive. Even after the 12 days of Christmas have faded people only talk about the material gain, and not about the family gatherings. I have decided that I will take back my way of celebrating the holidays by honoring my father’s tradition of having a live tree and my mother’s touch by backing cleaning and decorating the house.  I will prepare feast on a small scale, stock up on wine, brandy and egg nog. My door is open to all who truly desire to celebrate both Christmas,   Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa by just sitting back enjoying a meal, good spirits and the time to slow down and connect.

What is your fondest Christmas  memory?
Happy Holidays from dragthepen🥂

16 thoughts on “The Sparkle of the Season

  1. Christmas memories. The one I recall the most was when our first born (Dec 17) came home from the hospital on Dec.19th (hard to believe they let you stay in so long in those days). I had decorated the house for his return. The Christmas part was full of feedings, changings, cryings and no sleep. The saddest part at that time, is that nobody visited or called us on Christmas Day. We felt abandoned. Looking back on it through the lens of time, I realize now that this was what we needed to get used to going from 2 to 3. Our son was the best gift. Besides, with our lack of sleep, we would not have been fit company anyway. Cheers. Allan

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  2. I’m with you. I loved having family over where there was love, laughter and good food. I wasn’t so much worried about gifts growing up. My one wish was to spend a holiday with my dad. It hasn’t happened but I love just spending time with family.

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  3. What beautiful Christmas memories! Let’s see. I’m not sure if this was my favorite, but it was certainly memorable! It doesn’t snow much where I live, but one year my family got snowed in for Christmas week. We had plenty of supplies and the electricity still worked, so all it really meant was that we stayed together without any temptation to start rushing again right after the holidays. Then, about when we were getting stir crazy, the rain came and the roads opened up again.

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  4. It’s pretty much just father and me so not worth all the work. We get no visitors. My son will bring his 8 year old daughter over for a few hours Saturday and we’ll have a little Christmas for her as he has her only every other weekend.

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  5. My favorite Christmas memory was when we got a pony for Christmas. I was about 9 years old. We ended up giving it back to the original owners because it got nasty and we couldn’t control it. Still one of my favorite memories!
    I agree with you about Christmas being so commercialized now a days! Christmas this year is going to be very simple.

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