But, the memory making is not all about the presents wrapped in Christmas paper. It's about the time spent with family. As a young child I was surrounded by family that came every Christmas Eve to my grandmother's home. With the tree all decorated with pretty lights and tinsel, with its base stacked high with gifts, we gathered first around the food-laden table to eat,
|Grandma's table, 1967|
I miss those times. Our family is scattered all over the country so those memories with food, fights, and laughter are all just in my head and heart.
This year, however, we get to be together. As I await the true beginning of the holiday season, the one that starts with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, I will remember those long-ago moments surrounded by people who are no longer near me, lost either to death, long-distance or discord.
I can't wait to make some more memories!
|Daughter Adrian on far left during a Christmas show, circa 1984|