My Great-Aunts Gladys and Sadis coming through the front door of my Granny and Grandpa's with big smiles and saying 'Christmas Eve Gift' or 'Christmas Gift', depending on the day they visited. I always loved this...they would be smiling and laughing as they presented themselves as the gifts.
Granny Powell's Christmas cake. Filled with raisins and nuts and topped with a chocolate buttercream and more pecans.
Grandpa giving us brown paper bags full of fruits, nuts and hard candy.
Walking home from church after Christmas play practice. Enjoying the feel of the brisk, cold air and watching the 'smoke' rise as we breathed.
Playing dolls with my sisters after we had opened our presents. We used a cardboard box for a table and a piece of wrapping paper for a tablecloth as we enjoyed tea with our new tiny dishes.
Going Chirstmas shopping and having to hang out in the parking lot in the car with Daddy while Mama shopped. Made better when we were at Sears and Daddy would go in and buy a hot bag of Spanish peanuts for us to munch on.
Sitting my two sweet babies under the Christmas tree and trying to capture that perfect picture. Not realizing then that they were all perfect pictures.
Enjoying the love and feeling the pride as I enjoy Christmas with my family each year. Knowing that each moment is precious, each look to be cherished and hugs and kisses are the best thing God ever invented.
I will be working hard on last minute wrapping and baking the next couple of days and then enjoying the wonder of the season with my family. I hope all your hopes and dreams are realized and that you live each moment of this holiday season, realizing that family and friends are true treasures. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.