posted on December 13, 2012 10:11
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."