Christmas Nostalgia: My Past and My Present
Dear friends, we are just barely on the other side of Christmas Day, and I hope each of you had a wonderful Holiday with friends and family! There’s so much hurry up, and extra to-do’s….I think we all come skidding into Christmas with a collective WHEW! WE MADE IT! But, to quote the great philosopher, The Grinch, “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss,
Christmas from 1970 to 2018
While preparing to have family in my home, I had to embark on a super fast clean up of some of those “piles” we all have around our homes, and in doing so, I found the images I have shared with you today. Looking at these photos dating back to the 1970’s, I was confronted by so many vivid memories. I remembered years and years and years of Christmas mornings when it was just me and my brother Michael, before we grew up, and started families of our own. I remembered my very favorite stuffed animal, Mertsey Mouse, and wondered where in the world did Mertsey go? I remembered with some pretty sharp sadness, my precious Ganny and Ca-Ca, the world’s greatest grandparents, who are no longer with me….but in their case, I DO know where they are!
All The Christmas Feels….
And whether it’s things, or people, or places….the Holidays can bring back so many emotions and so much Christmas Nostalgia! And while we can’t go back and change the past, or guarantee that Christmas will look and feel the same year after year, we can shape what our today looks like.
So this Christmas Season I choose Family, and Friends (who are the family we choose, by the way). I choose Hope, and Peace. I choose Forgiveness. I choose Healthy Boundaries. I choose more, not less. And I choose to relentlessly and unapologetically chase dreams, experiences, people, and places that are new, different, challenging and unique.
Creating The Curious Cowgirl Blog has been a gift to myself, because I can share all those dreams, experiences, people and places with YOU, feeding my soul from the top of my head to the bottom of my toes and beyond. I hope you feel my excitement in every post and my sincerity when I say thank you for following me!
Y’all….enjoy every last bite of peppermint bark and of fruit cake…pour yourself another cup of Christmas cheer and laugh at your family’s craziness, and say a prayer of thanks for your friends. Dish out a heaping serving of grace! Get all knee deep in that awesome Christmas Nostalgia!
And I hope you had yourself a Merry Little Christmas!