Monday, December 8, 2008

Last Christmas in California

This is a very powerful video (see below) with a wonderful message. Regardless of your religious beliefs, affiliations, or lack thereof, it is also quite universal. What is Christmas (or "The Holidays" if you prefer) really about?

This will be the last Christmas I'll ever spend in my parents home, the home I grew up in & that we celebrated myriad holidays in, in one form or another, for over 40 years! How many of us have been blessed w/ a place to call home for four decades? A place that no matter where we went, or for how long, we knew it would always be there waiting for us when we came back home? Maybe that's not so important to some, but it has always meant the world to me!

I was blessed to have had that kind of childhood. I thank G-d that I had the kind of mother who felt it was important to provide a sense of place for her kids. All of the traditions, the rituals, the memories... She did that for us, for her family. And I want so much to do the same for my own daughter, b/c let's face it, if I don't... who will?

Do I want this last Christmas in CA to be a little extra special? Do I want to dig down deep & give from my heart (instead of just my wallet)? Yes! Most of all, I want our last Christmas here to honor the lifetime of memories in this house... and I want it to mark the beginning of our new life in Seattle as well. So, I get to create a host of beautiful new traditions and memories, and build them upon the ones my mother created for me, starting right now.

What is YOUR Christmas wish?

4 comments:

liv said...

I want love. Lots of love at Christmas time. You were lucky to have that blessing of tradition and family for so long. Now, fly away Mama and Baby owl! Find your new night time nest! xoxo

Smiling, Beguiling said...

Ah Liv, me too darlin', me too! And don't you worry, we're gonna fly soon enough. It's the in-between, way-station place I'm not digging too much. I'm so restless to stretch out my wings, to go have our new adventures. But for whatever reason, it's not time. Yet.

Meanwhile, I'm gonna focus on the LOVE and BLESSINGS.

XoXoXo

Anonymous said...

Now is the chance to create the same thing for that beautiful little girl - to give her the sense of place, to create ritual and love. I loved the video. Yup, more about helping each other than the "perfect" gift that you will soon forget.

Jeanne's Mom

liv said...

I want love. Lots of love at Christmas time. You were lucky to have that blessing of tradition and family for so long. Now, fly away Mama and Baby owl! Find your new night time nest! xoxo