With Christmas almost upon us, I’m feeling oddly more festive than I have in the past few years.
Yes, I realize in a previous column I wrote about how the Christmas season always seems to start too soon, and I still stand by that opinion. However, as I write this, I am actually feeling quite excited about this coming Christmas. Don’t ask me why, I’m not quite sure.
I’m going to capitalize on this feeling, by penning this column about my favourite memories of Christmases past.
Shortbread cookies, for me, have always been a reminder of Christmas. I remember, as a kid, helping my mother decorate the cookies with sprinkles and different coloured icing. The taste of shortbread cookies always reminds me, the Christmas season is here.
One of my favourite Christmas Eve memories is, after leaving church in Port Perry, looking out the car window to see the different Christmas light designs on people’s houses and lawns. I remember after going to church, I would always be excited about how Santa was coming that night, and how seeing all of the houses lit just filled me with a bit more Christmas spirit. To this day, I still enjoy seeing the creative ways people light their houses.
Like many kids, I remember, Christmas morning, rushing downstairs to see what Santa Claus had brought me. I’ve never really been much of a morning person, so my mother or sister would usually tell me to get up and go downstairs. Despite being groggy, the feeling of excitement and joy, at seeing the gifts, always beat the tired feeling.
On Christmas day, after everyone finished their Christmas dinner, for a number of years, I remember a bunch of the family members getting together at the table for a card game. I remember it being just something fun to do, before the celebrations were over. For me, I enjoyed learning the rules of the game and being with the adults for a bit. I think card games, for me, were a bonding experience, as I played them as a kid, with my great grandmother in her apartment.
Looking back on my memories of the Christmas season has reminded me of all of the good times I’ve had at Christmas time.
As I wrote in my last column, reflecting on what we have done, rather than looking at what we have not yet achieved, is a good way for people to feel accomplished. In the same sense, those who are not yet feeling the Christmas spirit should remind themselves of the positive memories they’ve had at Christmas, in order to feel a bit more cheerful and excited about the season.
Before I end this column, let me just congratulate my mother Lorie on 25 years working for Medical Associates of Port Perry.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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