Christmas Eve, what a wonderful time of year, the kids are bursting with excitement. Moms and Dads are busy preparing for a very busy, but very special time ahead. Today, this morning, I sit and reflect on my past Christmases and some very special personal memories that I have.
I lost my Grandmother this year and today I want to pay a special tribute to her. When I think of Christmas, I think of Christmas at Grandmas. I think of her wonderful meat pie, and for anyone who knows me, they know I am not a fan of meat so it must have been good! I think of her ham that she made with Vernors ginger ale poured over the top. I looked for Vernors this year and I couldn’t find it? I think of the hustle and bustle of my many family members coming in the back door with loads of presents and food. My grandma had nine children and most of them would be there with their families. It was a very busy place. Everyone loved my Grandma so many of my uncle’s friends would stop in to see “Mrs. Masse” as they called her.
Then of course there was midnight mass Christmas Eve. I remember a couple of years that we actually stayed up and participated in this. I myself am not a practicing Catholic but she was and it was wonderful to take part with her.
And Christmas at her place, would not be Christmas, without a few games (or more) of cards!
Christmas was a very exciting time when I was a child and I feel so blessed to have these special memories of my grandmother and the love she brought to each and every one of her family members through her special traditions. Christmas is about family, it is about traditions, and it is about the birth of Jesus, the real reason we all celebrate. Today I just want to say thank you to all my friends and family and I want you to try to forget about the busyness and just be thankful too as you are making beautiful memories that will be cherished for a life time.