“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
― Bob Hope
When I was a little boy, my grandmother purchased me a tiny Christmas tree for my room. It stood proudly atop my dresser – probably all of 12 inches tall, with a handful of multi-colored lights interspersed between the artificial branches.
I can still remember the enjoyment I found sitting in the darkness of my bedroom – the only illumination coming from that little tree, while listening to the Alvin and The Chipmunks holiday cassette over and over again.
It was a solitary celebration I suppose, but to this day I still can remember how special it felt to have that little tree in my bedroom. It wasn’t the six and a half foot tree that stood in the living room for all to appreciate. No it was a tree just for me, purchased by someone who loved me immeasurably.
I’ve been thinking about that tiny tree a lot lately, no doubt because it reminds of me someone I miss dearly around this time of year. I consider myself truly blessed that I have so many wonderful memories from the past.
That’s the gift we should be sharing at our holiday tables – reliving treasured stories of holidays gone by with those we’re blessed to be creating new memories with in the present.
As long as the memories and the stories live on in our hearts and minds, those we miss during the holiday season will always be with us in spirit. So take this holiday season to share with your family and friends the joy and laughter you experienced many decades ago when everyone was a little younger, life was a little easier and people were only a phone call away.