I've been thinking of Christmases past and thought I would share some of the memories that have come to mind.
People always ask what's the best Christmas gift you've ever gotten. I don't have a great memory when it comes to down to it. My friends Vicki and Rochelle remember everything and when they ask me, "Remember when...." I often times can't remember any of it. Anyway, I do remember the Christmas I got a hamster. Both my brother and I got one and I loved it. I keep waiting for Kevin or Zach to ask for one because I would love to have another one.....but they'll be the ones cleaning out the cage. So, we got hamsters and the best part was when the hamster got one of the chocolate balls that were in my stocking and ate it tin foil and all. It had a huge ball stuffed into it's cheek.
Another Christmas, at least I think it was Christmas, (and correct me if I am wrong, mom) but was when my brother had a paper route so we went out to deliver the paper before opening presents. At the time we had a van and in order to speed up the process my mom drove us around from house to house, with the van door open and then my brother or I would hop out and put the paper in the box or throw it in the driveway. Well, that morning we went around the first corner and out goes Tasha, rolling out of the van door and into a ditch....at least that's how I remember it. (I didn't say it was a good memory!)
I also have lots of good memories of going up to my Grandma and Grandpa Trettin's house in Oregon. I used to love playing the piano there and sleeping upstairs in the room where my Aunt Sharon and Aunt Kathy grew up. I would go through their old things. I loved it when it would snow for Christmas! I even loved it when it would snow on the way there, although I am sure that my parents did not.
I loved caroling around our neighborhood with my dad playing guitar. What I love about it now, is that it was part of our neighborhood's tradition, and I looked forward to it. I loved that our caroling group grew as we got to know more neighbors and that it was during a time when that caroling was cool (or maybe it wasn't, I just thought it was).
My first year in college my roommate Michelle and I wanted a real Christmas tree for our room. Neither of us had a car, so we took the bus to the mall, bought a little tree, brought the tree back to the dorm on the bus and set it all up in our room. It turned out that we couldn't even keep it though because we didn't get it fire proofed, but it is an adventure I will never forget.
And I can't leave out Garrett and my first Christmas being married when he so lovingly got me a huge can of bread mix......and that's it! Christmas gifts can only get better when you have that as a starting point, right?
Now that I am parent I am trying to make lots of memories for the boys. I am trying to remind myself that it's not all about the toys because those things will be forgotten probably by next year. I am excited to get to spend a week in Mammoth after Christmas this year and do lots of fun things in the snow. I am excited that they enjoy decorating so much and I hope it lasts for years and years. I am excited that Kevin and I get to see the Nutcracker, as it will be a first for both of us. I am excited just because they are excited about everything!
And now it's sharing time, what's your favorite Christmas memory?