This is the time of the year when it is important to tell those we care about how we feel.
It is a time of sharing and caring and a “season of giving.”
The Christmas season is a reflection of an individual’s own past experiences from the time of being a child living under our own parents guidance through to adulthood and then becoming parents ourselves.
Like many of my childhood friends, many of us grew up in large families compared to today’s standards.
My parents had five children and my husband’s parents had six children.
Each child got a couple of presents and those were often much needed items, socks, an outfit for school and some toiletry items.
As long as each child received a few presents under the tree, everyone was happy.
We always celebrated Christmas with cousins and neighbours dropping by to say hello and to share a meal.
What we may have lacked in presents, compared to today’s standards of “lots of presents,” we were richly compensated by being surrounded by family and love.
The special memories from my past include the huge Christmas dinner.
Weeks of preparation involved my mom and sisters baking and planning for our big Christmas Day dinner.
We always had turkey and mashed potatoes and lots of other good things to eat.
The best part of Boxing Day for me was enjoying a turkey sandwich with some dill pickles on the side.
Store bought dill pickles were a treat for our family and were saved for special holidays.
I still love getting up on Boxing Day and enjoying my traditional turkey sandwich on fresh bread with dill pickles on the side.
Selecting the Christmas tree, decorating our homes, baking, shopping for presents and planning family meals are all traditions we continue to share with our families.
The month of December lifts the human spirit because the spirit of Christmas surrounds us.
Families, friends and strangers share a spirit of giving and people try to be more patient and giving to one another.
Christmas is also a time to celebrate the gift of life to children the world over. This is a child’s season.
The holiday season is when families reunite together as a family unit from close and from far away. Being together is what is important.
Airports, bus stations and vehicles are packed with people travelling for hundreds and thousands of miles to reunite with family and friends.
We all love the traditional songs from our past; “Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer,” and “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,” has been played for decades.
We play past Christmas tunes to get us in the spirit of Christmas
Each of us has our own special memories of past holidays.
Different cultures pass down their own unique traditions through the generations.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus each year on Dec. 25.
Christmas Eve and Christmas day is when the hectic pace of the last few weeks changes to one of peace, family and reflection.
As 2011 ends the final days for us and family, take a few quiet moments to look around you and reflect on the spirit of the holiday season.
Doreen Smith is a Certified Financial Planner with Capri Wealth Management.