Has everyone settled into the holiday season? Some days are filled with twinkly lights and joy and others I find it hard to catch my breath as the to do list pile up a bit. Today Katy & I are asking you to take a quick time out from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to relive a special Christmas memory with the Spiel the Beans Linkup!
Christmas was always a happy memory for me growing up. Both sides of our family would always gather at our house and there would be shrimp dip and tamales and lots of Christmas cheer. Oddly enough, Santa always delivered our gifts on Christmas eve instead of Christmas morning. I can remember standing in the front yard with my Papaw convinced I could hear the bells on Santa’s sleigh. Such sweet memories of a time when our family was all one.
As I was thinking about the memory I wanted to share today I came across this picture from the Christmas of 1999. It’s hard to tell from this picture but this was one of those years when our Christmas was just a bit broken and I knew it was the one I wanted to share.
This was our first real Christmas as a family of three. It would be the first year we had to decide to split time between me and their dad. I remember how scared I was to let them go without me. Not because I was worried about their wellbeing, they have an amazing dad, but I was so scared of spending the day without then. Alone with my thoughts; worrying they were having more fun with him or maybe they would love his gifts more.
To top it off my sweet Meme had unexpectedly passed away in October which left a definite hole in our Christmas joy. My brother was also single at the time so it was literally my mom, my brother and the three grandkids. We chose to celebrate Christmas Eve at my brother’s little country house because we couldn’t even bare to celebrate at my mom’s house without Meme. Of course there was some food and fellowship and fun but there were also lots of tears; hence the tissue in my hand. These two, I’m positive, felt the loneliness that was in my heart and they were especially loving to me all night. I look at this picture and see their love for me and just wonder how I could have ever been worried at all.
Christmas Day I was needing something to remind me life goes on and joy can be found no matter what. I searched through my Meme’s recipe box and found her chocolate cookie recipe. Without a second thought I started baking. I cried and I baked and I felt so close to her and I knew her spirit was near me. That afternoon alone was definitely what I needed to find my Christmas joy.
From that Christmas forward, making my Meme’s cookies became one of my very favorite traditions. She had the biggest heart and was truly selfless and when I share her cookies I feel like a little piece of her is still with me.
Oh? You want the recipe for these amazing cookies? Well here you go friends, bake yourself up some Christmas joy.
Now it’s your turn to share a special Christmas memory! Be sure to mark your calendar for December 27th and come back for a new spin on New Years resolutions where we will be sharing something we will resolve NOT to do in 2017!
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