Hola! Jolene Navarro checking in from the Texas Hill Country.
Saturday after Thanksgiving is another day to carry out a tradition of gratitude for my family. Each year memories are treasured and hopes are added.
As a kid, I anticipated the holidays with nothing but joy and excitement. From baking cookies with my family to lights, performing at school and church, visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to the games we played and opening the first round of gift Christmas eve, to Santa’s visit and then Christmas day. It was one exciting event after another.
Then as a young mother, it carried over to even more with my four little ones. I loved every minute of the celebrations. Which is one of the reasons I love writing Christmas stories. My lastest is full of Christmas joy as Xavier De La Rosa is finding his way back to his family in The Texan’s Surprise Return.
As we get older we also face loss. This can be the hardest and most obvious during the holidays. Our Christmas past becomes an important part of our present.
Now as I add each ornament it comes with a memory. Some I didn’t even know how important it would become until it was the last of something. Early in my marriage, I decided I wanted a theme tree and it would be all about angels and stars. My tree would celebrate the birth of Christ.
Each year my mother would give me a new angel to add to my tree. Right before Thanksgiving in 2006, we lost her suddenly and unexpectedly. No chance to say goodbye. But she had already bought my angel for that year. It would be the last one I’d received from her.
Of course, I have all the precious ones my children made during their school years. Then a couple of years ago after losing my mother-in-law, we made one for each of our parents. These ornaments became a special part of our Christmas tree each year. My husband and I don’t have our parents any longer but we have memories and those are added to the hopes for the future.
My children all are in their 20s now and the future is theirs.
Do you have special ornaments that remind you to be thankful for all you have had in Christmas past and items that give you hope for the future?