Christmas Past

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When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things give off the greatest glow of happiness. –  Bob Hope

From: http://www.cherishyourday.com/ChristmasQuotes.html

I have been reminiscing about Christmas while growing up.  We lived in and around Windsor, Ontario where we very seldom saw snow on Christmas Day.  The first time we experienced a true white Christmas was when we moved to London, Ontario in the early seventies.

I have been digging down into the chest of those memories, some are very cherished, some will just stay at the bottom that chest.

Christmas morning always found myself and siblings excited to see all the presents under the tree.  There was one rule, we don’t touch them until my parents were out of bed.  I am not sure who had the more fun, us unwrapping the gifts, or the parents watching us letting out thrills of joy over our gifts.

Then we all would pack into the car to either go to my maternal grandmother for dinner, or just go visit the paternal grandparent.  Those visits also created some fond memories.

Now I live over a couple of thousand miles from that area, but, the memories are there at any time I wish to look in that chest of memories.

It is now me who is the father, the grandfather who is helping to create memories for those grand kids of mine.  There is no unwrapping of gifts Christmas morning.  Christmas Eve day is when they will visit, I will give my grandchildren the gifts I have for them.

Christmas Day will be quiet, sharing a meal together with my best friend.  Make some phone calls to my daughter and grandchildren to see how their Christmas morning went.

So, it’s those Christmas memories that I hold onto, memories that make me feel like I am back home with my late mother, grandmother.  It is those memories that I wrap myself in when I feel blue.

Some Of My Favorite Christmas Songs

I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite Christmas Songs.  For the next several posts I will share one of those.

Somehow music is remarkable, when we hear a song from our past we can tell someone where you were, who you were with.  Christmas songs to me bring me back to my childhood.  My mother loved to watch Christmas specials, like, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Ann Murray, and many more.

Maybe you have some favorites, would love to hear which ones they are.  I will find them and maybe post some of your favorite Christmas.

This one that I will post today was a Christmas Special by the same name, “The Little Drummer Boy”.

So, sit back for a couple of minutes and allow the good feelings of these songs permeate your entire being!

Handling Christmas/Holiday Anxieties

person-holding-a-snowflake-3264658For this post I have put together some things I have done to avoid putting myself through Christmas Anxieties.

  1. Don’t try to impress people, just being myself.
  2. Don’t borrow money, i.e., taking money from rent or food money.
  3. Don’t wait till the last moment to buy gifts.  I bought gifts for my three grandchildren over several months.
  4. Avoid going shopping when it is at the peak of shopping rush.
  5. Forgo sending Christmas cards, phone calls are much more endearing.

Those are some things I put in place for several years now.  It keeps me from suffering extreme panic attacks.

Since the grandchildren are getting older I also forgo wrapping paper.  Instead use gift bags with some shredded paper.  They know the gifts are from me, not some made up character called “Santa Claus”.

Maybe you cannot initiate some of those things, but, I would encourage you to find ways that can save you those moments where you feel you are going to “lose it”.

Holidays, Holy Days?

I decided for this post not to include a quote or picture.

Mostly everyone knows the term “Merry Christmas” and they know what it is about, meaning.

Ask yourself do you know anything about those who do not celebrate Christmas? How about the Menorah, or what our Islamic neighbors observe   Ramadan .

There are many other Holy Days of different religions that I would love to learn about.

I have an Islamic doctor.  My first visit to see him I sensed that he was hesitant, not sure what I would think of him.  As I looked around the room I saw a picture of Mecca.  So, I asked him, “have you made the pilgrimage yet?”.  His face changed countenance, he lit up  and asked how I knew about Mecca.  I told him I was studying about it.  Since that day we have a friendly visit during my checkup.

So, my question is this; How do you celebrate or not the Holidays, or Holy Days?  I would love to hear about Chanukah, and any Islamic blogger what Ramadan is about.

For those who celebrate Christmas, let’s hear from you about how you celebrate, traditions.

So many that I talk with have pre-conceived ideas about other faiths. Some are totally erroneous. 

Please be respectful in your comments for I would like for this to be a learning moment. I welcome all who read this to participate and enjoy learning about your neighbors, even your co-workers.