Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tis The Season!

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.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Kat. Thanks for sharing some of your Christmas memories. I enjoyed the pictures.

Unknown said...

Thanks Susanne. I love this time of year.:-)

Rosalie Skinner said...

We now take the grandchildren around to see the lights, with Great Grandma too. It is a fun tradition.
Thanks for sharing your memories.

J.Q. Rose said...

We spend Christmas in FL...I cannot get used to touring the lights on a warm night--don't even need cocoa after seeing the lighted palms and decorated flamingoes!!

Unknown said...

I'm sure people in Florida, Texas and even Australia and New Zealand are used to summery christmases, but I like having snow on the ground and a chill in the air. That's part of what makes Christmas seem like Christmas to me.:-)

Roseanne Dowell said...

Ah, my favorite time of year also, Kat. I love the holidays and all the lights. My parents used to take us downtown to see the displays in the windows. All the big department stores (gone now) had animated displays and I could stand and watch them forever. There was also a place called NEALA Park (owned by GE) and the displays were incredible. We drove through a long winding drive and I was awestruck at all the beautiful lights. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

Wendy said...

Lovely Kat,
You live inside the Christmas post card. How wonderful.

Lin said...

One of the saddest aftermaths of the car accident I was in is I no longer drive. We live in an apartment community that does not seem to inspire many to flights of decorating splendor. I used to go all out, making this place twinkle most merry, until they imported kamikazee squirrels that eat Christmas decorations fifteen minutes after you hang them. After spending $100.00 replacing the gnawed decorations, I finally gave up. Now those kamikazee squirrels seek out families with babies so they can get in and raid the Pampers. I'm not sure what the squirrels do with the raided Pampers. Some speculate they feather their nests...but I have my doubts, since I cannot picture them destroying Christmas balls, and lights to line their why would they give up Kamikazeeing Christmas decorations for Pamper nest fillers? Merry Christmas and keep a look out for those squirrels.