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The holidays are once again approaching quickly- far too quickly, in fact! In the midst of endless sales, holiday shopping crowds, meal preparations and traveling families, the craziness of the season can quickly dwarf the enjoyment for many people. But despite the craziness, I still look forward to the holidays each and every year.
After my son’s first Christmas, we stopped traveling for the holidays. Between spending most of our time in airports and the endless stress of traveling, we decided we wanted to enjoy the season more and spend it at home. We treasured the holiday comforts too much to not enjoy the time. Having been in five states since he was born, and moving six times, it became even more important to maintain traditions each year.
To us, holiday comforts begin with tradition. One of the most significant traditions is when we begin the holiday season. We start the day after Thanksgiving with bringing out our Holiday decorations, bin by bin by bin. Revealing the holiday decorations that we have amassed through the years- and states- makes us smile while bringing our memories forward. Buying a new ornament each year is one of our treasured traditions, as well as telling the stories behind them.
As the decorations begin to fill the house, we begin our stories of “Remember When…” Remember when we go this ornament at the tiny little store in Virginia? Remember how we rushed to the store before it closed to not forget our yearly tradition of new ornaments on Christmas Eve in Florida? Remember when we were snowed in during our Christmas in Alaska and snuggled by the fire for hours, our kids in our laps?
Each year brings new things to do, new challenges to face. We have spent many years making a new place home just before the holidays, though that is now in the past. This year will be our first Christmas in our new home back in Georgia. We will string up the lights, put out the decor, bake the time-honored cookies. We will play the music, prepare the food, set up the tree. We will continue our tradition of new ornaments, hanging them delicately, one by one. But the most treasured of holiday comforts will be the stories we share amid the holiday tasks- reliving the memories we made while making new ones. Nothing can top that.
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