A word like poignant comes to mind as I place my Christmas ornaments on the tree. I handle each one with reverence and love. They remind me of my children when they brought home simple crafts and helped spark excitement for the holiday. Some take me back to my own childhood and missing parents and family. Many of them conjure thoughts of other homes or our family excursions to cut down a tree.
The angel I put on the top of my tree gives me trouble every year. She wobbles and tilts till I feel weak from stretching to fasten her securely. She's an angel; you'd think she'd cooperate!
And then there's the music of the season. Songs like I'll be home for Christmas make me ruminate over my family who are living far away. My son's family now lives 5000 km from us, and although we know they are happy in their new home, we miss them. We will have to settle for a Facetime this year.
What Child is This? is a song that makes me ponder the first Christmas day and the special arrival of baby Jesus. This is a memory that brings feelings of wonder and thankfulness. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Nostalgia is not a bad thing. Yes, we may shed a few tears, but Memories are timeless treasures of the heart. Let's embrace them this year as a special Christmas gift of a life lived.
Carol Ford - published author, speaker
I was born on Christmas day and my friends surprised me with a birthday party this year.