Fam­ily is a bless­ing at Christ­mas

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY KIMWHALEN

Christ­mas has al­ways been very spe­cial to me. The Christ­mas car­ols, the fluffy white snowflakes gen­tly fall­ing to the ground (if we are lucky enough to have snow), the pa­rades, the en­tic­ing smell of short­bread cook­ies bak­ing in the oven, the smell of fresh paint, the chil­drens’ Christ­mas con­certs, the can­dle­light ser­vice in church with the story of the birth of Je­sus Christ.

Most of all, my mom’s hot syrup and dark fruit cake, which made it com­plete.

A few years ago, we started hav­ing Box­ing Day potluck sup­pers at our house. I start count­ing down the days and the an­tic­i­pa­tion grew for Box­ing Day to ar­rive. Each per­son would bring their own spe­cial dish and we would gather around the ta­ble and cher­ish each morsel.

Shar­ing it with fam­ily al­ways made it taste bet­ter.

The vi­brant smell of lasagna, Ja­panese moose, broc­coli and cau­li­flower salad, baked glazed ham, mar­i­nated car­rots, hash-brown casse­role, gar­lic wings, marsh­mal­low dessert, baked beans and more.

Then we would go down­stairs for some tra­di­tional mu­sic, and the chil­dren would dec­o­rate a ginger­bread house with white ic­ing and a colour­ful ar­ray of as­sorted can­dies.

It would make my heart skip a beat when Tris­ten, Madi­son and Au­tumn started dec­o­rat­ing the house with their sticky hands. All of a sud­den the roof slid off. The laugh­ter filled the room. The kids faces lit up and there is noth­ing like the laugh­ter of chil­dren to bring Christ­mas to life.

All through the year we do our reg­u­lar rou­tine, but Christ­mas is a great time to cel­e­brate our fam­i­lies be­ing to­gether.

I cher­ish this fam­ily tra­di­tion and I hope it will con­tinue for years to come.

Each per­son holds a close place in my heart and I just want to let all of you know that each and ev­ery one of you mean the world to me.

God blessed me when he gave me a fam­ily as spe­cial as mine.

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