Many of us have so many wonderful memories of Christmas - I have many that come to mind.......but I guess one that sticks out in my head is a recent one - Christmas 2005.
My Dad's side of the family gets together every Christmas Eve - and it's a huge festivity......we eat homemade tamales, etc. Earlier that year, my wife and I proposed to all the adults that instead of a usual 'draw names' gift exchange, that each couple brings a nice gift and we have sort of a 'white elephant' or 'dirty santa' game, where one couple gets a gift, then couple two goes and if they like that gift, they take it, and couple ones goes...etc and so on. Well, we did this and it turned in to a hooting and hollaring good time. All of us were hoarse by nights end - and we usually get together around 5:30pm - and wildly enough, we were still having a rip roaring time at 11pm - and we usually have all headed home by 9pm - so suffice to say, this 'game' idea was great and everyone had a great time.
I recall seeing my Grandma Teresa. She was sitting in her wheelchair, all dressed in her Christmas 'red' and all dressed for Christmas.......Grandma had just undergone surgery a month earlier to remove her 2nd leg - both lost due to diabetes.
Anyway, Grandma was just watching the whole time.......and was hysterical with laughter as her sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren and their spouses went crazy with the fun of the loud gift exchange. She was in 'heaven', to put in mildly. Her face radiated at the sound of LOUD. In Grandma's house, "love" was spelled L O U D.
I recall after we cleaned up all the mess of the fun, Grandma asked me "Mijo - what a fun game. Are you going to do it next Christmas?". I said, "Yes Grandma - I think we will." She replied "Good Mijo - it was lot's of fun and had me laughing. I'd like to see this again."
Grandma died 6 weeks later during a routine dialysis.........................I'll never forget the warm glow of her radiant face as she sat with such excitement watching her family celebrate Christmas togther.
Do you have a special Christmas memory you'd like to share with us? Maybe you have one - maybe you have many....do share and let's remember......Christmas past