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Last week, we kicked off a short series of posts where some lovely writers share reflections on the holidays. The first post was The Memory Book, and it’s a must-read. Today, we have another touching story. Tonya from Letters for Lucas shares why this Christmas might be different than years past in Remembering the Magic.
My mother adored Christmas.
During the holiday season, the kitchen would be a constant revolving door of baked goods; festive-shaped sugar cookies and warm delicious chocolate chip cookies. My mom would patiently craft rich chocolate into fudge and create scrumptious pies; pumpkin for my father (his favorite), pecan for my sister (hers) and chocolate for me.
An adored Christmas treasure could be found in every nook and cranny in our home: a couch covered with stuffed animals donning Santa hats and tiny red and green sweaters, sweet cinnamon and vanilla scented candles, a snow globe with bears slowly dancing under mistletoe to the tune of Jingle Bells, candy dishes overfilled with peppermint, red and green M&M’s and candy canes.
The centerpiece of our home during the holiday was always the tree. My mother had the most colorful Christmas tree I’d ever seen before or since; covered with ornaments from my family’s travels around the globe, each one holding it’s own special significance.
Beginning December 1st, my mom would wear the gaudiest Christmas sweaters, but because she taught second grade, she got away with it. The children in her classroom loved them and her matching festive holiday jewelry too.
My mother’s love of the holiday could be felt in the details as she expertly wrapped presents and made sure everyone around her was full of cheer and ready to indulge.
My mother has been gone for four Christmases. She and my father died of carbon monoxide poisoning in October 2007. I miss them every day, but especially during the holidays.
I haven’t been able to decorate my own home for the holidays in four years. My mom was such a big part of making this time of the year special that I haven’t been able to bring myself to attempt to replicate her magic.
My son Lucas is two and a half and I think I’m ready.
This year, I’ve decided that we will get a tree, there will be sugar cookies and fudge and I am going to decorate with gusto. It’s time to bring out of storage the beautiful colorful ornaments I was both given and inherited from my mother and let the spirit and joy for her favorite holiday be remembered and celebrated.
And maybe, just maybe pass some of that cheer on to Lucas.
About the Author
Tonya is a stay-at-home mother to two-year old son, Lucas. She writes Letters For Lucas as a way to document his childhood and maintain her sanity. Turns out listening to Dave Matthews and consuming lots of red wine helps too.
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