Christmas means many things to many people.
Here is what Christmas is to our family.
Christmas is ...
- a day to celebrate new birth.
- hoping for snow but never usually getting it.
- singing Silent Night by candlelight at midnight in German.
- stocking stuffer shopping with my mama at Walgreens on Christmas Eve morning.
- making messes in the kitchen with the kids.
- missing loved ones who have passed on.
- listening to Christmas music while licking the envelopes of cards.
- oranges, peppermint and clove.
- eating spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Eve.
- having an excuse to have cookies in the kitchen at any given time.
- opening and listening to the Ashland University Christmas card with tears in my eyes (2004 is my personal favorite.)
- the only time of year I use Karo syrup.
- taking a winter walk on Christmas Eve.
- the clinking of bells from the Salvation Army helpers.
- wrapping presents while the kids are sleeping.
- footie pajamas and morning eyes.
- parties with people you rarely get to see, drinking drinks that make you happy.
- Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas. Google it. Then watch it.
- sitting in the glow of the tree lights and talking.
- shopping with daddy to buy mommy and the grandparents things like earrings, perfume and talking reindeers.
- watching movies every night of the week and maybe staying up a little late on a school night.
These things and more are what Christmas means to our family.
As we celebrate this blessed season, know that I am thankful for you!
Kari Wagner is stay-at-home mom by day, superhero by night. She loves to write about her adventures in life, love and decorating.
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