How are your preparations coming along? I don't even have to specify what preparations I'm talking about - you know I mean holiday preparations. Are you having any fun making them? I'm just checking because it is so easy to miss the fun - and, to quote a song from an old movie "but it's the laughter, we will remember, whenever we remember, the way we were." This is the season of remembering.
The next day, some of us filled up a couple of cars and visited the farms
where my parents grew up. And we visited the churches and the graves. We felt
sadness as we missed those no longer with us - but joy at all the wonderful
memories. I have to say, on the whole, that it was fun to ramble through the
memories. And new memories were being generated even as we waded through the
old ones: the startling sight of a llama among the sheep, the fight over
the check at the restaurant, the wind, the Starbucks. There will be laughter
from this day to remember as well.
This is the remembering season. Take time to share your memories with your
kids and to make some new ones. Play some cards, sing some songs, and visit
some relatives. Your kids won't remember most of the gifts they get this
Christmas, but they will remember your stories and traditions and what made
them laugh. Find the time, and the laughter – it will add joy to your