There is always one day of the season when my spirit finally kicks into gear and I get excited about celebrating the holidays.
Maybe it’s because every year – growing up – we would put up and decorate our tree on December 8th. That was the day that the feeling of the season would begin to finally take hold in our household.
December 8th was the birthday of my oldest brother – baby Gregory – and my mother’s first born. He lived only a few days, dying after his lungs collapsed. My mother would always say that if that were to happen today, it’s a simple procedure and he would have easily survived.
In his honor, the tree would be erected in the corner of our 60’s style ranch house. We would load it up with those old-fashioned enormous GE style colored lights, sparkly garland and a ton of those fire-hazard paper-plastic icicles.
I remember laying on the floor of our living room with my chin on my hands, with all of the lights off except for the tree, and would just bask in its glow. It was such a beautiful sight to my 10 year old eyes!
I credit my Mom for reserving that day for him…it is such a special gesture and I will always remember that day for it.
So, December 8th is usually when my holiday spirit begins to bud. When the work is *almost* done, and I can enjoy the time now with my own family, making our chocolate-covered pretzels and bark, playing with the train we have at the base of our tree and setting aside one day to go to lunch and do our shopping.
The holiday season is really about love in all its forms, as it brings back all the memories reserved for this special time of the season. And aren’t we lucky to have such memories? And we get to create our own new memories as we go.
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