December 06, 2006 Edition

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Christmas memories

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

The Christmas Season has always been my favorite time of year. I told my husband last week that I wish it was a real season ~ one that lasted three months.

When he asked why, I told him I would love to leave my decorations up that long. It makes my day just seeing them.

Growing up, Christmas was always the only time I saw all of my family. Being part of a blended family, I have several grandparents, a lot of aunts and uncles and numerous cousins. Needless to say, the holidays was the only time I was able to see everyone in my family.

Though I love seeing my entire family, my most fond memories of Christmas are with my parents and my sister.

When we were younger, my sister, Cathy, and I got up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning. We would rush into our parents' room to wake them, anxious to open our presents.

My dad would always pretend to take forever to wake up, then insist on making coffee and breakfast before we opened presents.

It only took two years of that before we wised up. By the third Christmas, our parents awoke to each of us holding a tray filled with coffee and toast. Once Cathy was old enough to use the stove, full breakfasts including burnt sausage and runny scrambled eggs were insisted upon.

Every year, Cathy and I knew how long Daddy would take to wake up, then have coffee, then piddle…but every year we looked forward to it. It was so frustrating to wait, but well worth it.

My husband doesn't understand why the holidays are so special to me ~these great memories they hold.

We've lost several members of our extended family in the last few years, and the holidays get harder with each loss. I thank God every day for every member of my family, and the wonderful memories of those who are gone.

When I was a child, I never thought about how much those Christmas mornings with my parents and sister would mean to me as an adult. Now, I can't wait to have children of my own ~ so I can make them wait.

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