What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
A quote by Dr. Seuss in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” one of my favorite Christmas stories, particularly the live-action adaptation starring Jim Carrey.
That quote has more meaning to me this year than in years past, as my family is preparing for yet another Colorado adventure over the Christmas holiday. Instead of spending our hard-earned money on material things, this year we opted to spend a week together in the mountains for the holiday. On the night of Christmas Eve, my younger brother and I will meet our parents at their cabin in Colorado for a week of snowmen-building, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
Sure, we will miss the annual tradition of putting up the Christmas tree and hanging the decorations, a process that generally includes cursing, ornaments breaking and at least one person shedding tears. (I’m joking … or am I?) But I’m excited to see my family. Plus, I’ve had my Christmas tree up in my own home since October. No shortage of Christmas spirit here!
We will, however, get to relive childhood memories this year of waking up in our parents’ home on Christmas morning. Every year when I was a child, I would wake up on Christmas morning the exact same way, having only slept an hour the night before because I was too excited. My brother and I would convene in one of our bedrooms and make a plan. Were we going to sneak a peek at our Christmas presents before we woke up our parents, or after? It never failed, though, our dad was already up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and on his second or third cup of coffee, waiting for us, because he was too excited to sleep, too.
Still to this day, even as we are grown-ups and live in houses of our own, we will text each other on Christmas morning before the sun comes up and remind each other that it’s Christmas morning.
It’s easy to get caught up in the presents and the shopping and the materialistic things during this time of year. I truly hope you are able to slow down this year, take it all in, and actually enjoy the time you have with the ones you love.
Here’s to your holiday season and the real-life moments you will remember for years to come.
See you next year!