We were a large family. Five girls and five boys, spread out over a 19 year time frame. Perhaps you can picture the Christmas season in this household. Or maybe not!
Most importantly, we were acutely aware of the significance of Christmas and why we were celebrating it in the first place. We were fortunate to live during a time when the meaning of Christmas was understood and was celebrated everywhere, even in schools, public as well as private.
Secondarily, there was always a great deal of excitement regarding Christmas morning.
I wonder what we were so excited about? There wasn’t much money and there would be few gifts.
But there would be new pajamas and slippers for all, made by Grandma Shaw. These would replace those from last year that were worn nearly thread bare. We would have warm feet again this year and I can still remember the feeling of the new flannel pajamas and the delight in the color and pattern that Grandma had picked, special and unique for each one. We would get ready for bed earlier than usual tonight.
We older siblings had saved money during the year, earned from doing odd jobs. We each had about $5.00. Dad would take us to the local “5 and 10.” Hours were spent picking out that special gift; for him, a screw driver; for Mom, a pot holder or a handkerchief; and for each other, a set of jacks, a ball, a roll of caps, a doll dress.
The excitement was the anticipation of the joy our gifts would bring to our loved ones!
This video has caused me to ponder the giver’s anticipation of the joy these gifts would bring…..
A very blessed and merry Christmas to each of you from the TGConnection team.
We are looking forward to 2012 and all we have to share with you. Fasten your seat belts!