One of my most favorite Christmas memories was from when I was a kid. I couldn’t tell you what year it was or if my memory even serves me correctly. But it started on Christmas Eve and it started with a lot of snow. It kept falling, and falling and as night time rolled around it was apparent that we were in the process of getting snowed in. Our Christmas tradition was for the whole family to get together for lunch on Christmas day. This particular year, we were supposed to meet at my grandparents house but the snow was saying otherwise.
After a few phone calls, it was decided we were going to go to my grandparents house tonight so we could all be together at Christmas. So my uncle, who had a 4x4 truck started hitting all the families houses that were local and picking us up. I remember packing all the gifts in black trash bags and throwing them in the bed of the truck and piling in and heading to their house. I don’t remember specifics of that Christmas, but I do remember loving that we woke up with all the family there. Cousins, Aunts, Uncles and of course, my grandparents.
My brother and I, not sure if this was that year or not but it may be. I believe that is our letter with a plate of cookies for Santa.
Cheri asked me if I was looking forward to Christmas tomorrow and I am. Not because of the gifts or even the food, but because I love my family and I love hanging out with them. Even if we just sit and chat and do nothing, I always enjoy the time. I don’t have friends because my family are my friends. I hang out with them more than anybody. Some people think that’s pathetic, but what do I need friends for when I can hang out with my family. Isn’t that what the holidays is all about, being with the ones you love. My wife, my kids and my family will all be there. That’s all I need.
I wish everyone out there reading this a Merry Christmas and I hope you get what you wish for, and by that, I mean, I hope you get to be with the ones you love.