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The Christmas Present

Looking back a hundred years or more to past Christmases drums up pictures of the perfect Christmas.  Warm fires burning brightly, with real pine and cedar decorating their mantles. Handmade gifts wrapped and placed under the tree with utmost care and love.  Toasty kitchens with wonderful smells wafting from the stove.  Men in tall hats and ladies in fluffy dresses.  We don't have to go back to Victorian times for Christmases in the past to make us look back wistfully.  Reminiscing about the wonderful or funny things that happened at grandma's makes us wish we could go back just for a day.  What is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas?  Even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn't escape the powerful memories of Christmases past.

Sometimes when things are not going the way we want them to go we think about Christmases in the future and say, "Next year I'll . . . ."  But there is a common thread that infiltrates all of the Christmases of time and that is - the present Christmas.  No matter how much we think about the past or plan for the future we always come back to now.  What can you do this Christmas to make a lasting memory?  Remember Christmases of the past are gone and Christmases of the future are uncertain.  But this Christmas is a gift, that's why it is called, "The Christmas Present."

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# KimL
Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:10 AM
My favortie memories from Christmases past (before I had my own children), were those Christmas eves spent with my Granny. She had the celebration every year until she became too sick to do so. Being an only child, I so looked forward to that night, so full of excitement, when the ENTIRE family would gather together. All my aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course Granny...and Santa! Everyone seemed so happy. It has been many, many years since we were all gathered like that. Sure I am in contact with them, but being able to have everyone you love gathered together in one place, for one special night, is something I will always remember fondly.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:56 AM
What a wonderful Christmas memory. Thank you so much for sharing.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 8:35 AM
I still remember the Christmas when I was four-year old.I got many gifts from my relatives and family members.But from all I liked the Doll with pink dress and a pony and not to forget her beautiful eyes.I still have it with me...
# Aunt Jane
Monday, August 26, 2013 8:29 PM
Reading your articles, New Beginnings, Christmas Present, and A Meaningful Thanksgiving made me stop in my tracks, sit back and slow down and smell the roses that are right outside my door. We get so caught up in our everyday life that we forget the beautiful pleasures of life that are free. You made me think back as a child of all the beautiful holidays we had at Nana's. Having nine grand children of my own I hope I am making beautiful memories for them.

Laura you are among those fond memories during the holidays at Nana's. I have pictures. :) Love you

Keep up the great writing. God gave you a special gift and you are using it well.

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