It seems the older I get, the less I want for Christmas. I've reasoned that this is due to several things. First, I have the means to buy something I want when I want it, instead of waiting for someone else to maybe put it under my tree. Second, my house is so full of things I thought I needed, but later realized I simply wanted for a brief moment in time. Third, I value time more than things these days, and that's something you can't buy or give.
In response to the question of what I wanted for Christmas, this is the first year that I've found myself saying, "Spending time with you at Christmas is the only thing I need." It may be a cliche, but there is a profound truth in such a statement and it doesn't have to do with age.
And everyone who's shared a family vacation knows that the more memorable times will be when things go awry, such as playing Pictionary by lantern and flashlight in the garage during a ferocious electrical storm that zapped out the power. That's our most memorable family get-together to date.
|A Walk With Grandma|
So if I can give you one piece of advice to end this year, it's this...cliché or not, spending your time with someone is more valuable than anything money can buy.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our house to yours.
|The Draper's, 2010|
So true, Anita. Few of us recall more than a couple specific gifts, but Christmas memories are always of something to do with the emotions that made memories. Have a blessed holiday that slips right into a wonderful new year! I love you!ReplyDelete
Ah, the emotions...great way of putting it, Deb. As I wrote this post I thought of people I know who don't want to share time with loved ones because of squabbles, etc, yet even those memories are remembered more because of the emotions you mentioned. Thanks so much for sharing. Love you too. :)Delete
Yes, family times are the best gift! Looking forward to being with our families this Christmas!ReplyDelete
Your teacher gave good advice. Take the trip! I'm so thankful for the trips taken and the family memories!
Merry Christmas Anita!
And speaking of trips, I fondly remember the trip I took through Saskatoon where you and I met for coffee. I can't remember all that we talked about, but I smile whenever I think of sitting across the table from you. I'm looking forward to doing it again, too. Enjoy your family. Lots of hugs, Anita.Delete
I'd enjoy coffee with you again and I do remember our visit. Like you, I don't recall what we talked about it was fun being together!Delete
Great post! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!ReplyDelete
: ) Thank you, Paula. Hope you have the best Christmas ever.Delete