The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - NEWS - Lind­sey Wells, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

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!

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