This is my husband’s cherished grandmother, who he called Nana.
She was full of life and love for everything Christmas. When she passed away years ago she left a hole in the family. Of course there were memories that remained and a few cherished Christmas decorations, some of which we have.
We have a set of carolers and a replica of the church she attended for much of her life. Every time we pull them out John tells stories of his Nana and all she did to make his life extra special.
These are the kinds of Christmas stories I love. Ones of family getting together and sharing a special time together. Stories of John and his nine cousins shopping with his Nana and then wrapping presents while drinking hot cocoa. He remembers her telling the Christmas story using a nativity set much like the one we have.
We try and replicate some of her traditions by putting our Christmas village under the living room tree like she did and then telling a story about the village – using our kids names as the children in the village scene.
We also go a little overboard with the decorations as you can see by the fact we have two MORE trees in our house. One in the foyer and one in the family room. It’s excessive but we have collected the ornaments over our 26+ years of marriage. Plus, I found each of these trees at a garage sale for less than $20 each. I do love a bargain.
Christmas and the holiday season is more than just a day. It is more than just a meal. It is a time for reflection, for faith, for enjoying family and friends, and building traditions of your own.
I want to encourage you to not stress over holiday food and instead place the stress of these holidays on focusing on what and who is important to you.
John and I always say that even if we had no Christmas decorations or presents to give our kids, we would always have the Christmas memories of past years and the hope of more Christmas traditions to establish in the years to come.
Blessings to you on this holiday season. I hope that you have a lovely, tradition filled day. Diane