Putting up Christmas decorations last night I felt the magic of memories flooding the room all around me. Memories of Christmas’s past when I was a little girl bundled up riding up to the woods with my parents to find our tree, or watching my own children run through the trees on a local tree farm to find the perfect tree for our family laughing all the while.
This truly is a magical time of year. But it’s bitter sweet as well. My mother passed away on Christmas Eve a number of years ago, and I know she picked the day for it was her favorite time in all the year and she wanted to always be close to us and what better way? She taught us to believe in Santa Claus, as he was the spirit of giving. She also taught me how to love, for she was a magical woman who loved with all her heart and who touched the lives of everyone she ever came into contact with.
My mother loved bells, never sure why but she did. On Christmas Eve of the year she passed, I got up to go start a fire in the fireplace and I had a bell that sat on the mantle for Christmas that year. Just as I started to build the fire, it fell off and rolled across the floor. I knew it was my mother coming by to let me know that she was with us and that everything would be OK. Now, each time I hear a bell ring two things come to mind, my mother and the classic movie, It's a Wonderful Life.
Just like George, my mother was the kind of woman that everyone loved. She cared for so many in her lifetime and was loved deeply. Life was wonderful and magical with her in it. One year, we celebrated Christmas in July because it was the only time they could come to visit. My mom went outside and cut branches off the Blue Spruce in the yard to create a tree for the kids out of a potato and branches. The kids were so happy, they put some of their favorite decorations on it and we hung the Christmas stockings for Santa. We enjoyed a beautiful Christmas with fireworks and Christmas candy she had made for all of us. That evening we all gathered together with gifts and wrapping paper spread all over the living room floor and watched our family’s favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone.
Soon my kids will be home for Christmas and the house will be filled with joy and laughter. As I put the ornaments on the tree remembering the year it was given a memory or two might pop up to delight me and I will smile and thank all that is for the blessings of those memories. I will make the kids favorite desert for Christmas dinner and make sure all the special dishes are washed and ready to use. The tree will be decorated and the gifts under the tree waiting for Christmas morning.
So with joy and singing I will honor my Mother this season and for all the Christmases to come. You helped me believe in magic Mommy, and I love you and miss you every day.