Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Remembering Mama

Today, I woke up a little bit depressed. I thought to myself, "I wish I could just relax and enjoy Christmas without having to wear myself out preparing for it." And I missed my mama.

She's been gone 5 years now. I still miss her so much. Looking back, I remember how much work she put into making Christmas special for us. Money was always tight, but mama put her special touches into Christmas, making wonderful things for all of us.

This year, I felt more in touch with her as I made homemade ornaments and cookies with my girls. I remembered all the times mama and I spent hours making cookies, candies, angels, and other homemade gifts. We'd stay up to the wee hours of Christmas morning dipping peanut butter balls and making mints. It was exhausting, but so fun. I wouldn't trade that for the world.

So, mama, I thank you for all the hard work and love you put into Christmas for us as I grew up and even after I was grown. I hope I can pass on cherished memories like that for my own kids.

I hope you all have a wonderful, memorable Christmas and if you still have a mama around, hug her or call her and let her know how thankful you are for all the love she put into Christmas for you. God bless you all!


hollya42345 said...

I know exactly what you mean. Christmas day will be exactly 10 1/2 years since my mother passed away. There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss her. Christmas has always been my favorite was our favorite holiday. I miss going Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and baking/cooking together. The last Christmas she was alive, we cooked our first turkey together. I remember the look on her face when we realized dinner was not a disaster!

And I agree completely, if your mother is still with you, give her plenty of hugs!

Susan said...

Praying for you and Holly as you miss your moms on this Christmas Day!

Theresa said...

I had a harder time this year than I have in a while. Not sure why, just did. I wish I had realized how little time I would have had with my parents when they were alive, so much I wish I'd said or done. Cherish your time with your girls and know that your Mom is with you, just as mine is with me.

Anonymous said...

I can so understand where you are at. I have been the same way and it has been 5 years since my dad died. I don't think we ever completely recover and holidays are times when the memories resurface. It sounds like you had a wonderful mom and I know you are a wonderful mom! love you!