hehehe... Playing with my sons' toys!
I have to admit, I'm a BIG KID at heart!
My favorite part about this time of year is something I read a few months ago...the veil between this world and others is very fine. Things feel more real, and less so.
Snow. As it is falling. I like seeing it fall from the sky. It makes me feel so placid... just like I don't have a care in the world either... just falling through life without a care in the world...
I'm not so thrilled after it's all on the ground and I have to wake up the next day. Then... my favorite thing would be warm soy milk hot chocolate and being with friends and family.
There is something about this time of the year that is especially apparent this year above all other years. This time of the year is usually filled with a sense of love. I feel like every time this time of the year came around, I would look around and everyone would be in love. But, this year its a little different because I'm not just seeing it all around me, I'm experiencing it firsthand. This time of year is just a really loving vibe, and that is something I really love.
Something else I absolutely love about this year is how happy everyone usually is. Pretty much everyone you know is usually in a good mood around this time of year, which is understandable because so many good things happen around this time of the year. I love the feeling of happiness and just the feeling of everything being okay for once, even though the rest of the year may be stressful and hectic.
I guess there is a lot to love about this time of year just because its "the most wonderful time of the year." =D I never found that song to be as true as I believe it is right now. I love this time of the year. Who doesn't love snuggling up with the one they love by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and nowhere to be? I mean, this time of the year is just filled with love and happiness, and that is why its the most wonderful time of the year.
IT is NOthing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Halloween, cuze like, u get to dreass up that year.*_*
This time of the year is magical. It isn't one specific thing you can put your finger on, like opening presents or making the Christmas ham. It's the collection of millions of tiny things that together, make the magic of the holiday season. Some of these things can be as small as sharing a moment with the person behind you in line at the grocery store, or as big as recieving a miracle in your life that you have been praying for. It can be as small as seeing a child smile, Starbucks finally releasing the peppermint mocha lattes in the christmas cups, or getting christmas cards in the mail.
In our family, traditions play a big role in the holiday season. Every year, we go to midnight mass on christmas eve, and then i come back, put the christmas story on my TV, and fall asleep. I wake up in the morning, and go into my dad's room and lay with him until he FINALLY wakes up. We go downstairs, my mom is already awake, drinking tea, smiling, and watching the Christmas parade. They drink tea together, and then we go go the tree. I give them my gifts to them, then I open my stocking and then the presents. Almost as soon as this is over, our phone starts ringing off the hook for the next solid hour. All phone calls from my brothers and their families, wishing us a merry christmas. then i talk to them and the kids, and we exchange "what did you get?" conversation.
around 1:00 in the afternoon, we leave for christmas dinner at my brother's house. as everyone arrives, the kids separate the gifts into piles for each person on the floor in the family room. the house smells like cookies and turkey, and everyone is dressed in a wintery mix of red, white, and green. the kids ask, "can we open the gifts NOW?" and we tell them no, not until after dinner. we eat dinner- the 10 kids at one table, adults at the fancy one in the dining room. the funny thing is, even as the "kids" pass the age of adulthood, we still continue to sit together. we grew up together, and we will continue growing up together, until there is no more growing up to do.
at dinner, the kids laugh too hard and usually get into some type of trouble. someone almost always spills their milk. the kids finish eay earlier than the adults, so we start the yearly tradition of washing the dishes and wrapping up the leftovers. everyone always wants the job of packing the leftover mashed potatoes. we don't know why. just when we think we are done with the dishes, the adults start to pile theirs into the kitchen, messy with gravy and melted cranberry sauce. the adults are thankful for us washing the dishes.
after we digest, the kids start to slowly creep into the piano room and explore the mounds of presents on the floor. the parents soon realize that the kids are all in there, patiently waiting, and the gift unwrapping begins, one by one, youngest to oldest. we oohh and ahh, smile and laugh, take pictures, and make memories.
after the presents have been opened, its dessert- the one last thing separating us from the end of christmas. therefore, we savor every bite and laugh about old memories in the kitchen until one by one, the long goodbye begins and we realize that for another 365 days, christmas is over.
and we will do it all over again next year.
what are your traditions? i would like to hear them! please post them as "enlightenments" to my entry :)
thanks everyone, merry christmas!
I like the treats, stuff like divinity and toffee that my mom only makes around this time of year.
I love all the lights hung up everywhere and getting all the money and presents you've been dying for all year...
Also the secrecy of the parents wrapping presents for everyone while you're away...