Thoughts While Shaving
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Up early, checking on Santa…..had not arrived….but I have high hopes.
Thinking back to Christmases…long, long ago.  Tree fresh out of the woods, homemade decorations, no lights on the tree, a few gifts under the tree….fruit, nuts, a small amount of candy and a new shirt, or a new pair of shoes, but lots of love as our family grew…to 8, 6 youngsters and our parents.  So many wonderful memories, sure a few disappointments.  On Christmas morn, load up and head to grandparents, first a noontime meal and then a late meal at our other grandparents home…a total of less than 5, 6, maybe 7 miles, (guessing) roundtrip.  See my cousins, enjoy the meals and, top off the day with one or more of granny’s tea cakes, actually they were cookies…..Those were good days.
Later, married, one son for long time, another son later.  Remember talking to Santa about a swing-set.  Don’t remember the price, but do remember it was $5 less if unassembled.  Money was tight, always thinking about the limited budget, purchased the unassembled.  A neighbor and I spent ’bout half the night assembling.  From that day to this, I purchase nothing that is not assembled, regardless, hard and fast rule….
Think back over the years, hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet as our youngsters headed to the Christmas tree to see what Santa had delivered, soon there would be a meeting of all at the tree or 4 in one bed, encouraging us to come see what Santa had brought…Good Days…
Today, we will be together for a while, enjoy the company of most of our small family, missing a couple, but will see them this weekend.  All are grown, no little ones…all adult talk, delicious meal and time to remember and share….more adult talk, like aches and pains….and when is the next doctor appointment.
I still love Christmas….the story of Baby Jesus, my young days, a young family, time with siblings and friends….
Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year.  I wish it could be so for all….but, unfortunately, for many, just another day.
He who has not Christmas in heart will never find it under a tree.  Roy L. Smith
What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present.  Don Marquis
Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.  Ruth Carter Stapleton
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