Days of Gratitude, Day 2: Christmas Eve!

As a kid I always liked Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day.  Sure, ripping open presents and then visiting family on the Christmas Present World Tour was always great, but nothing could beat going to church with my grandmother and having that “one present” before going off to bed and fighting to stay awake.  Christmas Eve is the critical mass of the season.  No matter when it is on Christmas Eve, there comes a point where the doing, the rushing around, and the panic ends and you just have to sit and wait… And it’s worth it.

Christmas in the 80's
That’s me on the left, my Mom center top, and sisters Allison (on Mom’s lap) and Casey on the right. This was maybe 1987-ish?

Today, I am thankful for the journey that brought me here, even if it was not always a pleasant one.  The meaning of the holiday season has changed for me over the years- it’s more about reflection and catching up with family and friends, and putting the daily commotion of our lives on hold for a few moments.  It’s also a chance to help others who may not have the fondest memories of the holidays create some new, awesome memories.  I think the best thing you can do for someone else is make them smile, and it doesn’t even need to be Christmas for that. Hope everyone has a great holiday season.  God Jul, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a Festivus for the rest of you!


5 thoughts on “Days of Gratitude, Day 2: Christmas Eve!

  1. Merry Christmas, Matti!! i was the same way about christmas eve. It was magical. We’d go to Visual Arts to go to my Dad’s other jobs Christmas party, then to the Leonard grandparents, then off to the Ericson grandparents. I truly miss those days. Love ya Cuz,
    Merry Christmas to you and Chris!!

  2. Merry Christmas! It’s Jen btw, Chris told me about your blog and well now I’m following. 🙂 All I’m gonna say is wow look at all that beautiful brown hair! 😀 Great pic and blog post.

    1. Oh Hai Jenn! Merry Christmas! Hope everything is well with you, Al, AJ, and Liam! Yeah, I had a lot of hair, right up until 17… :::sigh::: Love you guys! I’ll follow back!

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