Christmas has many different meanings to all walks of life. But as Linus reminds us the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas holds a special place to me. It means being with family, friends, and great food. But also means using some superficial items to help get my family in the holiday spirit! Decorating the tree each year was a HUGE night for my family when I was younger and to this day putting up our tree still means alot.
Every year since my sister and I have been kids, we ALWAYS opened Christmas presents on Christmas morning. However, my family would ALWAYS go to a Christmas Church Service on Christmas eve, come home, change, eat a ton of snacks, and then gorge ourselves with a huge feast. We would each get to open ONE or two gifts/stocking stuffers.
As we got older we realized this “stocking stuffer” would include the same thing each year….a Christmas ornament. At the time, we were kinda bummed since we knew what it was going to be, and just laughed as we opened it. It was still fun and got us stoked for what was coming in the morning, but as kids, an ornament was far from a desired gift. It was not until the last few years when I moved out of my parents house and started decorating our own tree with the ornaments my parents handed down to me, helped me realize why my parents gave us an ornaments as gifts each year. Going though my box, and placing each one on the tree honesty brought some great memoires and I can NOT thank my parents enough for giving the as gifts, and allowing me to have and keep to this day.
If you noticed, we decorated our tree, last week. And these are just some of the ornaments we put on our tree that really got us into the Christmas mood!
Baseball is one of the greatest games created and reminds us we are all kids at heart
And the Rescuers Bernard and Sebastian ornaments were from McDonalds sold in a set, and can still remember my parents buying them for me and my sister without even asking!
Go Hoosiers. The IU stocking is the only one I felt we needed but Brittni disagreed.
The Camouflage Snowman reminds me of the great time in the woods with my Pops, teaching me WAY more then hunting.
And what cooks home wouldn’t be complete without a gingerbread man making cookies!
Family of the Year? I think so
And last, and the one that means most, is one in which my family had made from the rose petals off my Grandfathers coffin and grave site….So many great warm memories of sitting in the living room talking about sports and life.
These are just a few of the most memorable ornaments and I have MANY more. Christmas is not about gifts and decorations, but it still is great to use some of them to get you in the spirit and really gives me so many warm memories of Christmas time as a child.
Question of the Day
Do you or or family have one or two rituals that get them into the Holiday Spirit?
Mine for sure is decorating the tree, and making Christmas cookies with my mother!