Family is a blessing at Christmas
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.