“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”
I love Bob Hope. I grew up watching him on TV and in movies as a family favorite. My parents really admired him and passed that admiration on to me and my sister. And I just love this quotation from him. The true meaning of Christmas is all about love. That’s something that hasn’t changed over time and never should change.
“I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said ‘Happy Birthday’ on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.”
~ Demetri Martin
Been there done that! LOL. And actually, I have memories of actually doing this on purpose when we accidentally ran out of Christmas wrapping paper. How does one do that? Well, I am ashamed to say that I have done so quite easily from time to time. I haven’t yet mastered that art of having too much on hand like my parents always did. I may have mentioned before that my mother would occasionally just give up and put it all in a bag and we would go “fishing” inside of it. Of course, we were much older at that point. What silly goofs have you made during the holiday season?
“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~ Peg Bracken
We talk about this all the time and it’s something I harp on even more now that I don’t have my parents. When I look back at Christmas Past, I do remember a few gifts that I received. I remember my excitement over getting tapes of my favorite musicians and sitting at Grandma’s for dinner listening to them. I remember the year I turned 16 and my sister was evil, wrapping up a set of car keys in a box, and then telling me that my gift was actually hiding in the car. I thought I had gotten a car, because that’s what most 16-year-olds want for Christmas. And then there were all of those tchotchke gifts that my mother would find near the checkouts at Elder-Beerman. But what I remember the most is the family traditions that we had that made all of our Christmases truly our own. And I remember just spending time with my family every year and greatly wish I could do it again. So treasure those gifts of time and love as you make your Christmas memories. Those are more important than the gifts and material items and the false idea everything has to be perfect.