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Sharing some of my all time favorite Christmas memories

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By Jason Bolton

Christmas has got to be my favorite time of the year.

With the aroma of hot apple cider stirring in the winter air, the joy that rings from every child in regards to Christmas vacation, and the holiday music that echoes merrily out of the car speakers, you know it’s here, ready or not.

Also, with the new additions to my family, this Christmas is going to be one of the best so far.

As a child, Christmases were always special. Now that everyone is older while other members of my family are no longer with us, I still hang on to those wonderful times that death cannot destroy.

Simple times, like Papaw eating chocolate covered cherries before dinner, my uncles working on a model ship in the basement, and grandma in the kitchen working hard on her famous meatloaf.

Also, let’s not forget the local churches that would give out treat bags after Sunday morning service with a Christmas play to follow that night; the excitement of the sirens that would blare indicating the start of the annual Christmas parade; and the pleasure of sitting on Santa’s lap.

In my semi-advanced age, I’ve learned that Christmas isn’t just about packages adorned with glitter and bows, halls decked with holly, or the race to finish the last-minute shopping to-do’s. Instead, it’s about love. It’s the kind of love that’s found in the heart and through the eyes of a child.

For after all, Christmas began with a child.

This Christmas, take time to love one another. If you’re family life is so crazy that you have no traditions, take time to stop and sneak a chocolate covered cherry or two, or help the little ones count down the seconds before they get to open their Christmas gifts.

Most of all, take time to get together, love one another and carry it with you forever. And that, my dear readers, is the greatest gift of all because it keeps giving forever.

From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2009.