This time of year became of even more importance when we had our daughters. I want them to feel as my siblings and I did during this time of year. It seems like as I grew up the meaning of Christmas became more of what I got and now as I continue to get older and have my own children I want them to know my original feeling of Christmas. Yes the gifts are nice but the warmth of family and being together is the true gift of Christmas. I want them to feel as I did when I heard my dad start playing the Gran Combo on the old stereo! The smells coming from the kitchen as my mom made coquito and cooked pasteles!
|Last years Gingerbread house|
I hope that I can instill the sense of family and togetherness that I felt during this time of year. It was always so much fun, going to holiday parties, the music, the food, it was the back drop for us catching up with cousins, meeting new family members that were born through out the year, listening to all the gossip of the family and watching the uncles get drunk!!! (You know we all got that uncle that just don't know when to stop) This year I get an early Christmas present because my parents have decided that they are done spending the holidays away from us and so they will be here in a few days! Now I get to show them my new traditions that I have started with my family and they get to show my daugthers our old traditions! This is my new meaning of Christmas old and new traditions mixed together with a cup of coquito!!!!
So I am beginning to ramble which is what usually happens when I get all emotional about a topic so I will close this post with two songs that always put me in the holiday spirit