Growing up Christmas was my very favourite time of the year. I loved getting to be with my entire family as during the rest of the year we didn’t see much of each other. Christmas eve was spent with my siblings, my parents, my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. The house was full and the laughter emanated throughout my grandparents home. There was never a want for anything either. We didn’t get so much that you couldn’t pack it in the car the next day to get it home but the tree was full, our bellies filled with good food and amazing homemade treats and our hearts were filled with the love that only family can truly bring.
But something happened. I no longer see my aunts and uncles even regularly. I haven’t seen my cousins in almost 10 years, I haven’t spoken to my biological father in 20 years and both my grandparents have passed on. It actually makes my heart sad at this time of year when I know that there will be no huge family get together that encompasses my whole family and although I do get to spend time with my mom and step-dad and both my brother and sister and their little ones, I can’t help but miss the warm comfort that I got from being with all my family.
One thing I will always try very hard to do with my kids is make sure that Christmas is important. Not for gifts but for family, for filling hearts and spreading joy to each other. I want them to know that I want every Christmas to be spent with aunts and uncles and grandparents and I want to fill our hearts not our cars. I am thankful that Christmas at my house has always been about celebrating the day my daughter came into our lives, 12 years ago this Christmas Day, and for celebrating family. My tree isn’t overflowing with gifts but my kids are grateful every year for everything they receive. They truly do believe in the spirit of Christmas and for that I will always be thankful. I saw a commercial for a large grocery chain in Germany and it brought me to tears (you can watch it below) but it reminded me so much that we need to make time, for each other, for family, because before you know it, it will all be gone.
What are your Christmas musings? How do you spend this time of year?