I am not usually one to get excited about Christmas. I do not get into the Santa thing and I do not tell my children about that. If you want to do that, I will not tell you not to, but it's not my thing and that should be okay, too. The Christmas memories I have are mostly good. The Christmas memories with my parents and siblings only were definitely the best. I remember the dinners the most...houseful of family, lots of cousins to play with...definitely very noisy with lots of laughter and fun. The food was of course delicious because my mother made most of it and she is an outstanding cook.
Now that my dad is gone, this Christmas feels different. I know it's not even Thanksgiving, and no I am not one to rush the holiday seasons. I love Thanksgiving for the same reason I just mentioned about Christmas memories. This year will be our first Thanksgiving without my dad. This will also be our first Christmas without my dad. And it will be the first Christmas living in my mother's home after many, many years of being gone. I am with my husband and our children so it will definitely be something very different this year.
I guess in an unconscious effort today I sort of got into the Christmas Spirit. Maybe I thought that buying some pretty wrapping paper and gift bags like I do every year would sort of be in keeping with tradition. After all, many of the traditions we held fast to before will be a thing of the past this year. Some things may remain the same, but nothing will truly be the same without my Dad here to celebrate with.
I was happy to pick up a few Christmas presents today, though, and I was delighted to find some gift wrap, tags, and bags today. I decided to create a YouTube video showing some of the bags I purchased. Here are a couple of photos:
Here is the video:
Thank you for hanging out with me today! I felt inspired to share a new post on my other blog: Bridge-ing The Gap called Before and After. Hope you will go and check it out!