One of my favorite memories from my childhood is of our family’s Christmas Eve tradition. My Daddy loved Christmas and could not wait for Santa to come – so on Christmas Eve my parents would load my brothers and me into the car to ride around and look at the Christmas lights. But, just as we were ready to leave, my Mama would have to go back into the house. Being kids and being so excited about our outing we had no idea what was going on. We would ride around and enjoy all the lights and then when we came home we found that Santa had come to our house – on Christmas Eve! (I didn’t figure out until I was much older why Mama went back into the house.) We just thought that we were special because Santa had come early at our house.
As our kids were growing up we did not choose to have Santa come on Christmas Eve, but we always set aside time to go for a ride and enjoy the lights together as a family. Our children are all grown and now they are taking their children to see the lights. Since there are 17 of us, with all of the grands, this is not something we can do together anymore. So a few years ago my husband and I started a new tradition – we began taking my parents for a drive the week before Christmas to look at the lights. Last year we were not able to do this because my Daddy was very sick, but this year he is feeling much better. So last night was the time we chose for our Christmas lights drive. What a special time it was for me to be able to share this with my parents and see my Daddy enjoy all of the lights and decorations. I told my husband as we came home, “We just made a memory.” We never know how long we will have our loved ones with us, but we will always have our memories.
I hope you and your loved ones are making special memories and that you cherish each one.