Today is Black Friday and the first day after thanksgiving to prepare for Christmas. Thoughts race through my head as I review the past and the present. Ah...present...ergo Black Friday. How black this day has become. Everyone out there trying to get the best deals for presents...only not just for others, but also for themselves. I recently had a conversation with my eldest granddaughter who is 16. She informed me that we would be going handmade this year...imagine my surpirse! Oh wait, that isn't all there is to this story...she also informed me that the handmade is only meant for the old folks....anyone over 30. It made me go back in time and remember al the handmade items I had made when I was yound. the ways that I would go and stay for a few hours at an aunts house so that I could work on something for my mother or grandmother. I remembered sitting in the living room crocheting slippers for my mother to give to her co-workers...not to mention the hats with the bangles...anyone remember those?
When I was younger and the Friday after thanksgiving came...we put up our Christmas tree...decorated the house while singing Christmas carols. We strung popcorn and wrote out Christmas cards and in the evening we gathered around our leftover turkey dinner on tv trays....(this was a treat for my girls) not to have to eat at the dinner table, and watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on TV (this was pre-VCR/CD days). It was a tradition of love, joy, family. I remember that to save money, I made gifts. Even during the years when there were crazes like the Cabbage patch dolls. I made all those tiny pieces of clothing and even painted a rocking crib with the cabbage patch face on it. It came out of a show of love, not greed or desperation. Please, do we really need stores to open at 8 on Thanksgiving day??? What about the families that are broken apart that day. the moms that have to go into work?? The dads?? Are we really that desperate?? It used to be that Thanksgiving day was all about the food and family. Well, not anymore!! It's now about the frenzy!!
My thoughts are...what will your thanksgiving memories be about? The prayers, the thanks and the family and food? Or will it be about the deal...the pushing crowds...or the rude things that happen in the store. I guess my day after Thanksgiving will be spent in rememberance. Remembering the good old days. The days before the HAVE TO HAVE ITS!
I move on with thoughts of Christmas. As I prepare all the stories for the up and coming performances, I am thrilled for all the people that my stories touch. I look forward to the twinkling eyes on the faces, both young and old. The smiles, the laughter, and mostly the knowledge that the stories I tell help them to revisit a time when things were all about the holiday.
This year, why not try taking a walk into the past. Make something special this year. This will leave you will stories for the future. The greatest times I have ever spent during this time of the year was putting up our MEMORY tree. My family and I donned Christmas hats, drank hot chocolate, played christmas music while we revisited our past with all our memory ornaments. Each one had a story attached to it. I had always given a new ornamnet each year to each family member that represented whatever special thing there was in there life for that year. As years went by, it was a treat to revisiti those past years and accomplishments. There were ornaments for those who had past. And we sat around the tree and spoke fondly of the memories we had of them.
Stories...they have been in my life forever. My wish for you all this year is the time to make your own stories. Something that no one can ever take from you...something that is priceless. Happy holidays to all. Feel free to share your special holiday stories here.