Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time Laura Ingalls Wilder
This time of year during Christmas there has always existed for me a certain magic! I can remember when I was just a boy that I could hardly wait for it to come around! We were so excited as children to take in the sights and sounds, the carols the spirit of Family being together. I only hope that, through the now ultra-commercialization of the season that today’s children will not be left with the same type of stress that we now feel at this time of the year.
So much as changed since when I was young, or at least I feel that it has. I have such fond memories of when it was Christmas day and we all gathered around to open our presents. and I would get so excited to get a ball or my very first bicycle! The gifts were not that many as I can remember, but they were so special as they would then become the item or toy that would keep my attention for a very long time. A toy airplane that I would go and play with together with my best friends down the road!
Things seem to have been so much more simple at that time compared to today. I feel blessed to have grown up at the time I did as I believe it has helped me to appreciate things more than if I had grown up now. If you grow up having so much as we have today, it can make you expect more rather than to be thankful for what you do have or receive.
Of course, being a child is so wonderful, you have no idea of what goes behind all that is happening around you. The economy is of no interest or concern to you, politics is even of less concern! I think that, if I had known of all the sacrifices that were being made by my parent when I was younger, I would have appreciated them so much more than I did at the time. Now I do know, and now I have a very special respect and gratitude towards them that I never had whilst I was a child. Life teaches us so much!
How do you remember Christmas?