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As the holiday season draws ever nearer, we wanted to feature some writing and reflections about the holiday. So today, we bring you the first in a series of posts by some fabulous writers who graciously agreed to share some of their holiday moments with our community. Sherri from Old Tweener is here with a beautifully sentimental post about a Christmas memory book….and how quickly time flies.
The Christmas boxes came down from the attic this past weekend; tattered cardboard corners the scars they bear from years of service guarding our holiday treasures.
I started opening boxes looking for the right one. Delicate blown-glass ornaments, Santa towels, pine cones, handmade stockings, red velvet ribbons, and the bright red tree skirt set off to the side as I carefully searched for the book.
The Christmas Memories Book is the last thing I pack away and the first thing I want to touch when the boxes come down again. Each year has sections for writing about special gifts, memories, visitors, and a spot for a picture. Our book now holds eighteen years of Christmases, beginning with the one when I was barely pregnant with our first child.
There are only two years remaining in our book.
What began as a pregnant woman yearning for tradition as she started her family has turned into something more.
Our book holds the proof that my children were small, Santa-believing souls once upon a time. Small faces peering up at me from the pages tug at my heart a bit more with each passing year. The teary-eyed little girl who was afraid of Santa; the little boy so eager to tell him what he wished for. Pictures of big brother and little sister, taken everywhere from the vineyards around our town to the beach in Hawaii. Toothless grins, fresh haircuts, fancy new holiday clothes, and silly smiles make my heart ache for those tiny babies of mine.
Babies who have morphed into teenagers, seemingly overnight.
I am grateful for these memories. For all of the late nights assembling those some assembly required toys and the mornings we showered too early and waited for the kids to wake up. For morning cinnamon rolls with extra coffee, piles of wrap and bows littering the family room floor, giggles, cameras flashing, hugs, high-fives and happy squeals. When I ordered the book, twenty years of Christmas memories seemed like plenty; more than enough time for babies to grow up and Christmas celebrations to take on a different feel. I had no idea just how quickly the book would be completed.
Two more years. This year, and next.
My son left for college this fall; my daughter starts high school next year. I still hang the stockings; they are magically filled with little treasures and candies every Christmas morning. Each night we count down the days until Christmas as we take turns untying the bows on our advent calendar. The kids each bake and decorate (then eat) a gingerbread house. We bake cookies, listen to carols, visit family and friends, and watch all the traditional holiday movies together.
The memories of Christmases past buried deep in my heart just need the book to stir them up again each year.
And the memories we are still making are just as wonderful.
I think I may need to order another book.
About The Author
Sherri Kuhn is a wife and mother, writer, lover of wine and cheese, coffee fanatic, and sometimes exerciser. She writes at Old Tweener, a place that’s sometimes funny, often sarcastic, and requires tissues once in a while. She writes about raising teenagers, the craziness of being a middle-aged woman, the perils of a clean home, wistfulness over babies, and anything else that makes her laugh (or cry) in the years between changing diapers and wearing them. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
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