Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A True Christmas

Hello and welcome to day two of the 'Wrap it up Blogfest'! If you didn't see the post yesterday, here are the rules -

Write a piece of flash fiction, poem, or song (300 words or less) for someone you know (real or imaginary).
 Post it on your blog anytime between now and when the linky closes,then give it to that someone before the new year.

Give it in the form of anemail, printed on fancy stationary, or laser-etched onto a solid gold plate.Your choice. And it can be any genre.

Every eligible entry will qualify for achance to win a special gift. The Linky will close at 12:00 AM, Friday the16th. David, Leigh, and I will then read, debate, and decide on five winners forthe following:

1st: An Amazon Gift Card for $15
2nd: "Champaginer Challenges 2011" and "TotallyClichéd" E-books
3rd: A 5-page critique from David Powers King
4th: A 5-page critique from J. A. Bennett
5th: A 5-page critique from Leigh Covington

There is no point system, no popularity votes, and you do not have to followour blogs to participate.
Got it? Good. This one is for my son -

A True Christmas

As a child, Christmas was all wonder. Sparkling lights and brightly wrapped gifts.That knot of anticipation on Christmas Eve. Waking up at 5 am and being in awe of the Christmas Tree. Bouncing up and down at the sight of a full stocking. Hot Chocolate. Warm cinnamon buns. Candlelit dinners surrounded by family.

Somewhere along the line, all of those feelings disappeared. Left in it's place was the question of why I put myself through the hassle every year. My siblings and parents didn't really need the crap I bought for them and I didn't need them to feel obligated to get me the same kind of junk.

Then I had my son. He was nine months old at his first Christmas, and even though he had no idea what was going on, he brought the Christmas magic back into my life. That was the first year that I truly understood that Christmas wasn't about presents. It was about capturing the spirit of caring for others and spreading the joy. That was my first true Christmas.

What do you like most about the Holiday Season?


JennaQuentin said...

I understand the magic of seeing Christmas in those baby eyes! I've spent the last three Christmas seasons away from my close-knit family, but this year, with my two-year-old and due-in-2-months baby...it's pretty special. My favorite thing is remembering and reliving the reality of sacrifical Love, born on earth.

Joanne said...

What a great perspective. I feel the same way. Christmas is all about my family and home, and being together with the awareness of how much we all mean to each other.

Christa said...

Hmm...I think I love my kids' excitement too. I also love seeing family and spending a chunk of time just couching.

MTeacress said...

What a neat idea. I'm still a little hesitant to post my work on line, so I'll pass...but I'd never considered giving my writing as a gift. Cool. Have fun with it!

Carolyn V said...

I love that. Christmas totally changed when I had kids. It's so much more fun now. ;)

Crystal Collier said...

My hubby is still a kid. =) So am I for that matter. Christmas will always be pretty special for us (and not just because our "littles" are hanging around).

I LOVE this blogfest! What a great letter, and thank you for sharing. I'm new here, *waves* and I really like your blog title up there. Very writerly. Wishing you much cheese this Christmas!

Leigh Covington said...

This rings true! I felt the same way, but I once again fell in love with Christmas when it came to my kids. They are what make it truly magical. Good post!

Kelley said...

So true! Christmas through a child's eyes is the best!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Aw, great story. And I totally agree with you. I sit at the edge of the room, not opening any gifts while I watch my kids jump around and open theirs. I also love watching them see Christmas lights and sing songs. It's great!

Becky Mahoney said...

This is so sweet! I've always imagined what Christmas will be like once I start a family of my own, and I can't wait to experience that 'magic' myself. :)

Cassie Mae said...

This is my favorite part of Christmas too. My little boys make it all worth it! :)

David P. King said...

Nice. Your story reflects a lot with my first child around Christmas time. To see that look in their eyes all month long as they look around definately has some magic behind it. :)

Mark Noce said...

Sweet idea! If I can I will totally try this out on the weekend, thanks:)

Angela Cothran said...

I love this. Kids really do make Christmas!

L.T. Elliot said...

Oh, Christmas is definitely better with the kids. Last year, after opening a gift, one of my sons yelled at the ceiling, "THANK YOU SANTA CLAUS!" And that totally made our day.

That's a beautiful gift to give your son.

Angela Brown said...

This was very beautiful. It sent me down memory lane to my daughter's first Christmas...only four months old so after all the gifts were opened, her favorite thing to do was gum a teddy bear and play with the boxes and wrapping. And I loved it so much.

Cortney Pearson said...

Beautiful, and so right! Christmas is definitely more fun with my two small kids. I think anything though, not just Christmas, is seen better through a child's eyes. This sounds like a fun blogfest!

Sarah Pearson said...

I understand this so much. In fact, I'd just started thinking about my post which was going to be very similar. I think my time to sign up and come up with something may be running out :-)

Loved this.

Tara Tyler said...

i love your wonderful, touching tribute!

Sara Bulla said...

Children really do remind us of the magic, don't they? Beautiful!

Dominik said...

That's so true

Christmas is about caring for others, even HIS caring for us

So I wish you a lovely Christmas Time too