We want to wish you the very merriest of Christmases, the happiest of holidays and the biggest blessing of a New Year's. The holidays are one of our favorite times of year, so we're excited to share with you some of our FAVORITE holiday memories!
It's Christmas Eve. I found a plaque for my mom that says "Christmas Eve Forever" and it captures everything about our family. Italian families like to eat....a lot. We like to drink & eat & laugh...a lot. That's what my family does. Christmas Eve starts at 1:00...eating & drinking...tons of laughter...after Santa arrives. Our Santa starts off nice & sweet & then he whips out an envelope. A year in review envelope. What none of us know is that Santa has been taking notes about everyone in the family. Things we don't think he knows, he knows. Santa turns from sweet Santa into Santa that celebrates everyone's personal business...and by celebrates I mean, plaques are made, awards are given...but not awards like, "Good Job on winning Best Recipe"...awards like "Good job on Turning your brunette hair back into a blonde....we had to keep looking at your face with that hair...."...type awards.
Now that I'm building a family, I LOVE bringing Dane, Cali & Jude into the non-filtered happiness of family & laughter. We have a different Santa now that the original, my hero & grandpa is in heaven. But just as it was when I was younger, my kids still can't see through the beard that it is THEIR Grandpa in disguise. I suppose that's the magic of Christmas.
My favorite Christmas memory is years ago... The last Christmas I was able to spend back in Syracuse with my entire extended family, which included both of my Grandparents who have since passed away.
My family is by far the most important thing to me. I miss the days when we all used to get together for the big Italian Christmas Eve feast.
My favorite memory is sitting on the kitchen floor in my grandmother's house with my brother as we commented on all the unusual extended family who'd shown up that evening. A cousin trying to sell a weight loss program decked out in the propaganda of the diet, another wandering around talking with his hands and mouth full of one of those holiday nut mixes, etc. All this going on while my brother and I snuck pieces of the main courses, turkey and ham, as though it were popcorn. I was 22, he was 40.
My favorite Christmas memory is EVERY Christmas Eve. Our family gets together
and has a "Santa" stop by and hand out gifts for everyone. When we all lived in
Syracuse, we went to my grandpa & grandma's house and all my cousins, aunts,
uncles and friends were there waiting to see what Santa had for everyone. Some
gifts were gag gifts and had long stories that went along with them. I laugh sooo hard
that sometimes it looks like I'm crying! Now, all my parents, brothers, sisters, nephews,
nieces, dogs & friends live here in NC. We still get together every Christmas Eve waiting for Santa.
Even though we are away from our extended family, distance hasn't stopped the laughs and smiles. :)
My favorite Christmas memory was when I was a little girl, around five. I got to wear my hair in two long "Indian braids" that hung all the way to the middle of my chest. I remember standing at the front door, looking out over the sky, black as pitch, and wondering which star the Wise Men had followed to see the baby Jesus. My grandpa came up behind me and stared out the window for a few long seconds, then asked what I was doing. I told him, I was looking for the star. "Which one do you think it is?" he asked. I pointed to the brightest one, the one that seemed to twinkle the most like the pictures I'd seen of the star over the stable that housed the baby Jesus. He smiled then and nodded. "I think you're right, Court. I think that's the one." Now that I'm older, I still look for that star...and I think it twinkles a little brighter with my grandpa in heaven to point it out to me.
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