Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It’s Such a Magical Time of Year

Every year I get more and more excited about Christmas.  I find myself bringing out my tree a day or so earlier as each year passes by.  I just can’t help myself.
The decorations bring back the happy childhood memories of Christmas mornings and family gatherings on Christmas Eve. 
I was plugging in my fiber optic snowman a little while ago and the thought occurred to me that a house is empty after the holidays.  The decorations are put away for another year, the wrapping paper is torn to shreds, the meals are no longer elaborate, families and friends have gone home, some you may not even see except for the holidays.  Then the tree, usually the last to go in many homes, the ornaments are nestled back in their packages, the skirt is boxed up and so is the topper, the lights are no longer lit as the count down begins.  
The lights bring part a magic like no other.  Sure you can have a strand of white lights year round as seasonal decorating but there is just no magic there. 
I love going and driving by every Christmas Eve to look at other people’s lights.  To know that these families have something in common with one another besides being American.  A tradition that I hope never fades away.  Christmas is not only the birthday for Christ, but it’s also a magical time of year.  A time like no other. 
Of course you get gifts on other holidays, the Easter Bunny visits our home and we make sure we get the kids birthday and Valentines gifts but those for Christmas are special. 
Christmas is special.  Christ is special.  Tradition is special.  It’s such a magical time of year!


Courtney Kirkland said...

I never really thought about it until I read this post, but a house really is empty when it's not the holidays. It's amazing the time and importance we put into getting ready for Christmas. You would think that we would strive to be like that all year. I love decorating. And it is always a sad day when I have to put all my lights and ornaments away.

Beverly said...

Very pretty tree. I agree, the house is empty after the holidays.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

It's always a little sad to me to take everything down after Christmas. All the lights and decorations really do make a house more happy and brighter.

But once they are down, I am already getting ready for the next Christmas~! It's my favorite time of year.

Hope you are feeling better,


the undomesticated wife said...

I always get that "sad" feeling after putting up my c-mas stuff...everything looks so sterile!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love your tree too. I have to head over to the storage unit and pick up some of our Christmas decorations.
I'm looking forward to decorating our apartment. This Christmas will be very different since we're not focusing on gifts. It's about spending time together, loving the Heavenly Father and attending our church services.

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Becca said...

Wow, that tree is so pretty and bright! And I also enjoy driving around and looking at lights :)