For some reason, the last few months have been pretty hectic and challenging for me. I sometimes feel like a hamster on a wheel: running like crazy and getting nowhere. So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Christmas seemed to sneak up on me this year. Not to sound too Scroogy but I was having trouble getting into the spirit. I felt like I was drowning in a dark pool of Christmas obligation.
But I have to tell you, there is nothing like a little nostalgia to get you in the holiday spirit. As soon as we started pulling out our festive decorations and putting ornaments on our tree, it sent me down the pathway of Christmases past. I found old Christmas photos and projects the kids have made over the years (the above photo is me by the Christmas tree at 4 years old).
Pulling out all these precious mementos and memories reminded me that life always comes full circle. It reminded me that holidays are about love and family and gratitude for the journey of life. It’s also about celebrating magic and wonder.
I’m sure you all have similar nostalgia around the holidays so I thought I’d share a few of the special items that helped my Grinchy heart grow 3 sizes this year:
This is an adorable photo of my hubby Greg and his brother on Santa’s lap (Greg’s the little one). I’d guess this is around 1973. Something about this photo makes me giggle.
I saved a few ornaments from when I was growing up. This is one that used to hang on my childhood tree. It instantly transports me to my childhood where we would decorate the tree listening to the Jackson 5 Christmas album.
I got this ornament as a gift on my college graduation. My life flashes before me in my ornaments.
My hubby and I lived in Germany for 3 years. If you’ve ever been to Germany for Christmastime then you know that the Germans really celebrate Christmas in a grand way. There are markets up for months with tons of amazing holiday decor. We bought ornaments and nutcrackers like crazy.
As you probably know, Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist and a friend of mine gave me this wonderful ornament. It’s one of my favorites.
I take that back, my very favorite ornaments are the cute little handmade ones that my children bring home from school. This one, made by my son when he was 4, makes my heart explode.
And my daughter who is in Pre-K just came home with this little angel yesterday. Cutest thing ever.
And this dude has a funny story. My husband’s family is from New Orleans and this statue of Louis Armstrong always stood on top of a desk in my in-laws’ home. I complimented it so much that my mother-in-law finally just gave it to me. My husband’s grandmother made a little Santa hat for him and so every Christmas, we put the Santa hat on him and “Satchmo” gets in the spirit too.
And last but not least, every year I pull out this little Santa and reindeer set that my Dad made for me. He was amazingly creative and always had some fun project going. My kids are obsessed with these little reindeer and always want to know why there’s no Rudolph. Answer: I have no idea but I love it anyway. A prized possession for sure.
Okay well I hope I didn’t bore you with my trip down Christmas lane. I just wanted to help remind everyone out there not to let the Christmas bustle get you down. Stop for a moment and cherish the little things. That’s what makes the holidays so magical.