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Wed, December 25, 2013

Feeling Nostalgic At Christmas

I’m not much of a dreamer.  Let me clarify that.  I dream of winning the lottery and disappearing into the Wisconsin Northwoods.  When I say I not much of a dreamer, I mean that I rarely dream when I sleep.

That wasn’t the case Christmas Eve.  I’ve been feeling very nostalgic this Christmas.  I've been thinking of friends and relatives spending their first Christmas without a loved one.  My parents spend the winters in Florida, so my family celebrates our family Christmas when we gather for Thanksgiving.  So Christmas reminds me of the way it used to be, when I was a child.

Back to the last night’s dream.  It was set in my childhood.  Pre-1970 I assume.  We were celebrating Christmas at the home of my maternal grandparents.  I say pre-1970 because my grandmother was there and she died in January of that year.  I was playing in the basement with my cousins.  My California cousins were there too, which rarely happened as my uncle was in the Army and stationed overseas.  Later in the dream, I was older and we were at my paternal great-grandparents home.  I was a bit older, but all my paternal relatives were there.  My great grandfather was teasing everyone (probably where I get that from), but I don’t remember much else.  Yet, I swear I could smell my great grandma's cooking.  Her house always smelled like fresh-baked something!  Those Christmases are the best I’ve experienced and remember with great fondness.

I’ve always felt I was lucky to be born into the family I have.  Time and miles can’t come between my relatives and I.  I know that isn’t the case for a lot of families.

Even though I won’t be with my family this Christmas Day, they’re with me.  Always will be.

I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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