There is something about the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas that make me very nostalgic. I think about holiday seasons when I was growing up, about the family members we saw every year and the fun we had together. We had a small house with no central heating, so we all had to hang out together in the living room where the heater was located, dreading the moment when we would have to dash down the frigid hallway to our icy bedrooms, rapidly change into our pajamas, and jump into bed – also cold for a while. There were church Christmas plays, nylon mesh bags or stockings with an orange at the bottom and lots of hard Christmas candy, and new toys. One year, we actually strung popcorn and cranberries to make an old-fashioned tree. That took forever and the effect was less than stellar. The weather was always cold, and sometimes we had snow. All of the older relatives who made those times so much fun are gone now, but they’ll always live in my memory.
I also miss the days when my children were little, of Christmas Eve dinners with my in-laws, of redirecting the attention of a curious toddler enthralled with the Christmas tree, of helping them choose thoughtful gifts for each other, and watching them open their presents. I’ll always treasure those memories and look forward to making more with my grandchildren.
So now that I’ve steeped us all in nostalgic memories, I’d like to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever greeting you would like to hear.
How about you? What are your favorite holiday memories?
Patricia Forsythe is the author of many romances, both traditionally and electronically published. Her current release is in the Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 anthology. Her most recent Harlequin Heartwarming was Her Lone Cowboy, published in June 2015, and there are more books on the way.