One of the best things about the holidays is the ability to take some time, listen to stories, visit with friends and make some memories.
For me, nothing says Christmas like the late Alan Maitland of the CBC reading the O Henry story Gift of the Magi. It’s about a young, married couple and the sacrifices they’re willing to make to get each other a Christmas gift. You can hear him read it here – just fast forward to about the 12 minute mark. Starts off the season with a reminder of what it’s all about.
Old friends remind you of who you are and where you came from – and are some of the most comfortable people to be around.
This picture was taken Sunday – about 20 of us got together for a pot luck dinner. Sushi, pulled pork, butter chicken, scalloped potatoes, salad, cupcakes, chocolate. Different tastes, different cultures, different paths in life. We all have kids who now look forward to these get togethers as much as we do. Over the more than 30 years some of us have known each other, we still take the time around Christmas to share good food, old memories and make some new ones.
It may have been feeble, but my daughter wasn’t going to let that stop her from enjoying the first snowfall of the season. She jumped up excitedly out of bed when she realized there was snow on the ground, put on all of her cold-weather gear and played outside for an hour.
The first snowballs may have been small, but they were perfectly formed, just like her. Wish she could be this excited about getting up early every day.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone.