Friday, December 24, 2010

What Christmas Means To Me...

Christmas has always been very special to me, it's a time to gather with family and friends and share yearly traditions. Each year I love to bake with my granddaughters, decorate our home and exchange gifts with loved ones. For me it has never been about the gifts, it's about creating special memories with my cherished loved ones. Making gingerbread houses with my mom, decorating her whole house, taking her, my children and the grandchildren to see Santa Claus, spending time together with a cup of hot chocolate, crafting with my nieces both when they were young and then as adults, helping them make gifts to give to their friends and families. I love Tree Night when we go house to house to see sister's and brother's homes decorated for Christmas, it's a favorite yearly tradition, but the most precious time for me is Christmas Evening when we gather together at my mom's house to have something to eat and drink, watch the children open gifts from their gram and their aunts and uncles. We all gather in the living room and dining room and sing the "Twelve Days of Christmas", not once, not twice, but usually three times. It's the funniest thing you would ever see but we all love it so much and it makes mom so happy. This year as we gather together it will be a bit different, we won't be at our mom's house we will be at Berkshire Medical Hospital. But the meaning and the spirit of the evening will be the same, we will eat, drink, celebrate, perhaps exchange a gift or two and of course we will sing. We will sing like there is no tomorrow because truly there is no guarantee of a tomorrow, we will laugh, cry and be so thankful that we are together for another Christmas Evening to celebrate with our mom, she is the center of my life and my family’s life, she is the most precious gift I have ever had and that is what I'm going to cherish this year, my "MOM" more than any other year.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that you are able to spend time with your loved ones as I will this evening.

Merry Christmas, I am also thankful for the gift of you, if you are reading this you are a friend of mine and I love you as much as my family!


  1. Your Christmas traditions sound filled with love and magic and this year will be no different. Enjoy your holidays!

    Big hugs...


  2. Hello sweet Kim,
    I love your family tradition and I'm so glad that you are celebrating with your Mom. I'm glad that you are holding on to her and the love that you have for one another. She will always be with you, of this I am sure.

    Have a blessed Christmas.


  3. Merry Christmas!~ What a wonderful family photo...and such great traditions Kim. Have a warm and blessed day. Debbie XXX000

  4. Kim, I have been catching up on reading my favorite blogs. I think you are so blessed to have such a huge family! I loved reading about your traditions. I am sorry that things are a little different this year. God bless your Mom and all your loved ones this Christmas. I will say a little prayer for you all tonight. I know God will hold your Mother in the palms of his loving hands, Joan


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