Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Today I was jamming out to Christmas songs in the car, and I have to agree, it is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" I just love Christmas. It is my favorite holiday, hands down. There is just something so magical about this season! Especially since becoming a mother, I have grown to love this time of year even more. Seeing Christmas thru Joey and Andrew's eyes is just such an amazing gift. They are so excited for Christmas, too!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is spending time with friends and family. As long as I can remember, my parents always had an "open house" on Christmas Day. It had become one of my favorite days! All of our close friends and family would stop by, no invitation necessary. It was just a standing tradition. The memories made with all of our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are too many to list in this blog post, but some of my happiest childhood memories are from Christmastime. While this is a very joyous time of year, it is also one that brings a little sadness, too. Since my family moved to Denver 8 years ago, Christmas has never quite been the same for me. Yes, we've created new traditions, but, I still miss the old ones. Christmas at my parents house was just one of those days that I looked forward to all year. My Dad would build a "roaring fire" in the fireplace (sometimes forgetting to open the flu) and Mom would make the best dinner ever. We would watch movies and jam to Christmas music all day long! Even as an adult, there is still "No place like home for the Holidays." My parents just knew how to make Christmas very special and make even a perfect stranger feel welcome. They taught me the importance of family and friends and I hope that I am able to pass that gift on to others for years to come.

So, while I still love this time of year, it also makes me miss my family a lot. I miss hitting the late night Macy's sales and baking cookies with my Mom so much. We used to stay out shopping so late it was ridiculous, but oh so much fun, too! Sometimes we'd even hit a movie so our feet would get a break. It was the best! I never dreamed that I'd live 800 miles away from my parents. As much as I've tried to create new traditions, it just isn't the same as when my parents lived in St. Louis. So, now I'm playing the lottery so I can afford to fly the whole family in for Christmas instead! Boy, how I wish it were that easy, right? In the meantime, I'm going to do my best to continue making new traditions and sharing the best of what my parents taught me with everyone I can. So consider this an invitation, all are welcome at the Feldt house on Christmas Day. Dinner is at 5 pm, so come hungry!