What is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas?
My favorite Christmas was probably the year I received my American Girl Doll, Samantha. That year, everyone who gave me gifts bought me something for my doll. I felt like a princess! Back then, our Christmas tradition was to open gifts Christmas morning at home and then travel to spend the night at my Grandma and Papa’s house. That was the first year I remember not wanting to leave my house because all I wanted to do was play with my doll! It was a dreamy Christmas.
I have so many fond memories of Christmas. Matching PJs, decorating the tree, velvet dresses, Christmas Eve services by candlelight … These memories are worth far more than any gift I received. I am eternally grateful for my family and the way they made Christmas such a special time, no matter what our current circumstances were.
As time has marched on, Christmases have changed for us. Gift giving has become more difficult and the season seems to go by in the blink of an eye. Last year, my family decided instead of exchanging gifts we would spend a weekend away together. We’ve decided to go away again this year and I have to tell you, I am so excited about it! In the end, these memories are what will matter.
While it can be hard not to get caught up in all the other aspects of Christmas – the presents, the movies, the holiday rush, I want to be intentional this year about savoring the moments, experiencing the joy, honoring the sacred and marveling in the miraculous. Emmanuel, God with us forever.