I love listening to Christmas music and I do believe it is my favorite of all music ever made. It often conjures up memories of past Christmases...those of my childhood and of my children's younger years. Christmas was such a magical time when we were kids. Mom made our Christmases so special, with presents piled under the Christmas tree. We would beg her to leave the tree lights on during the night on Christmas Eve. Mom would worry that the real tree would catch fire, but she said she'd leave the lights on for us. I'm sure she turned them off as soon as we fell asleep and then got up early to turn them on again. Of course, we thought she left them on all night. She was probably up late wrapping more presents. She would get up early in the morning and put more gifts under the tree from Santa, even when we were older and no longer believed in Santa Claus. She’d make hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls and turn on the Christmas music on the record player. We’d sit there by the tree with the twinkling lights, scanning the boxes for our name. The anticipation was the best part. I can see it now. I can feel the warmth, the excitement. I can hear our voices. We were young, we were happy, we were healthy, and we had each other. We all loved each other so much. I miss those Christmases. I hope I have made, and am making, more wonderful Christmas memories for my children and grandchildren, as my mom did for all of us.
Before I close on this blog post I just have to mention how deeply saddened I have been by the senseless killings of 20 children and 6 adults at the elementary school in Connecticut. No matter how bad you think your life is, someone else has it worse. How someone can look into the face of a child and pull a trigger to kill them is beyond me. I’ve felt a heavy heart this Christmas season because of this tragedy. I have three grandchildren not much younger than these children. I know our entire nation, and the world, has mourned because of this horrible event. There is no explanation, and all we can hope and pray for is that God gives these families who have lost a loved one the strength to go on and a purpose for living.
May peace be with you all, and may God bless you this Christmas season.