Ah it's that time of year again. Mistletoe, Christmas trees, men in red and of course, presents. I love this time of the year. My favorite part of the holidays is sharing the memories of previous years.
Every Christmas there were always two things I looked forward to most in my family. The first was going out with my mom as soon as our local craft and garden shop opened up with their holiday spectacular. The whole store was filled with beautiful trees to choose from, lights, decorations, and ornament trees. The ornament trees were what interested us most.
Every year Mom and I would thumb through the ornaments and pick some brand new ones to add to our collection. I always hit the tree with the pet ornaments every year and got a few new kitty ornaments. I have two kitties and those were my favorites. But we got others too. Beautiful hanging mirrors, Santa Clause's, snowmen and various others. It was so much fun picking them out and then adding them to our tree.
The other tradition I most looked forward to was going out in Mom's car on Christmas Eve. We'd drive around all the neighborhoods and look at the lights. The displays were awe-inspiring. We'd spend anywhere between an hour to two hours just driving around and stopping in front of houses that lit up the night sky with their displays.
It's the simple joys that to me make the holidays so special. These are memories I have cherished since I was a child. And though children are always eager to get their gifts, it was these memories of decorating and looking at the lights that have stayed with me throughout the years.
I wish you all a very happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Ramadan, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Yule.