|Posted by HeartbeatAT Team on December 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM|
For the 54th consecutive year I am home for Christmas, fulfilling a promise I made to my Mom when I was a teenager. I told her then that, no matter where in the world I might be any other time of the year, Christmas would forever be reserved for her. That pledge has not always been easy to keep, but keep it I have, and I am so much the richer for it.
With all the changes life has brought these many years, the Christmas Season has remained a wonderful constant. With that sameness has come many traditions I wouldn't trade for anything this world could offer.
Memories such as shopping in New York City with Merv Wyse, who comes all the way from Upper Michigan each year to do just that. Or Christmas Dinner with my First Grade Teacher Marsha Chin and her husband Tom, who "adopted" our family as their own shortly after my Dad walked out of our lives on Christmas Day 1963. Or the latest one: our yearly pilgrimage to nearby Center City Philadelphia for the Christmas Service at Tenth Presbyterian. This will be our fourth year doing that.
There are many others I could name, not the least of which is Mom's one of a kind lasagna on Christmas Day! But suffice it to say, I am home. and long to be nowhere else until after the ball drops at Times Square at midnight New Year's Eve.
Come to think of it, that would be a fun thing to do again sometime real soon!
Wherever you might find yourself this Holiday Season, take time to pause and enjoy everything there is to cherish, remembering that the best gifts in life come from the hand of the One who gave this world the best Gift of all; His Son -CR