I just want to say Merry Christmas to one and all. I am still looking at the calendar saying, "Saturday is Christmas." As a child I thought it would never get here, and as an adult I have to wonder how it got here so fast.
This time next week, it will all be over (except the exchanging). Every time I hear my youngest granddaughter say, "Mimi, I don't know if I can wait," it makes me see Christmas through a child's eyes and remember what a special time it is.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle we forget what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is about the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and too many times we go about our busy way without giving his birth a second thought.
Most of us have been to several parties and events already with delicious foods including Christmas specialties everywhere, and we still have a few more days and events ahead.
My family usually starts about two days out and celebrates all the way through Christmas afternoon. As the family grows, we have to work together.
When I was growing up in the 1950's, we all gathered at Grandma Opal's house on Christmas Eve. It wasn't a big house, but we never thought about not having room. Everyone had two or three gifts under the tree, the food covered the counters, folding tables were set up in every corner, and most of the time (her house was in Illinois) we got a snow.
The kids would find a place and play board games or cards, but I never remember anyone complaining about being crowded or having to wait on the one bathroom we were all sharing.
We did not get that many presents, but there were so many of us that presents were stacked high and filled half of the room.
Those are a few of my early memories. I hope my grown children have some good memories of their early Christmases. I know I really enjoyed waking up on Christmas morning and watching them as they found their gifts under the tree. Children help make Christmas special.
As an adult I enjoyed taking my Grandma Chipman Christmas shopping. I don't think I ever met anyone who enjoyed buying Christmas presents more than she did.
I miss my grandparents all year long, but especially at Christmas time. I think of my grandmothers and the holidays I have spent in their homes. I still feel blessed to have had them for over 50 years. I learned a lot from all of them.
If you have grandparents still living, make sure you see them or at least call them and wish them a Merry Christmas.
We grandparents don't need much -- hugs will do.