Thursday, December 5, 2013

Do you have a favorite holiday memory from years past?

 I had my day all planned, I thought I would get up early and go out and get what little Christmas shopping I have left all done. That was last night. This morning, dressed in my cozy fleece jammies, with my usual cup of cream with coffee in hand, I sat down to watch the news and saw that we were suppose to get rain turning to ice and snow by this afternoon. Change of plans. I decided that what little shopping I have left can wait until the weekend because I really didn't want to venture out if it got icy, I'm going to stay in where it's warm and cozy!

I decided to get all my gifts out and access the situation and get started wrapping what I have. I'm still waiting on some that should be showing up on my doorstep any day now. I spent all morning wrapping gifts, taking my time to make them pretty. My husband was on an overnight business trip so I was alone with my thoughts.

I remembered when Rick and I used to do most of our holiday shopping together in Fort Dodge, Iowa. It was rare that we got away just the two of us when the kids were little so I always looked forward to that time with him. He helped me pick out the kids' gifts and we always bought a bag of almond chocolate kisses to eat between stores. When we were at our stopping point for the night we would go to Luigi's for a sausage (meatball) sandwich and a beer and go over our Christmas list again to see if we'd forgotten anyone. This was a real treat because we never went out to dinner unless it was McDonald's in those days and let me tell you that Luigi's wasn't the most elegant place to eat, but we loved the atmosphere and we couldn't afford much anyway, which was OK. It didn't matter where we went, we just enjoyed the alone time.

I miss those early days of Christmas, when the kids were younger and they still believed in Santa Claus. But they're all grown up now and have kids of their own and are carrying on their own traditions, but also following some they grew up with

 I do my Christmas shopping these days with my daughter, and of course, online. But I still love the hustle and bustle among other excited shoppers, I love shopping in the snow (not ice).  Rick doesn't share my enthusiasm, that's why he'd rather not go anymore. But I miss shopping with my him, so this weekend I think we will both venture out and get the shopping finished up. Maybe stop and have Sushi and a glass of wine when we're finished:)

Times have certainly changed:)

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