Friday, December 23, 2005

My Favorite Holiday

In 2002, when she was six years old, my grandaughter drew this picture and wrote an essay titled "My Favorite Holiday". I tried to put the essay on the blog too, but it didn't scan well. Here is the essay:

"My favorite holiday is Christmas. We go to my grandma and grandpa's house. I get presents from my cousins. I give presents to my cousins. I play with my new toys. We play outside when we are done inside. I get presents from my mom and dad too. My grandma and Grandpa live in Raleigh. They are very very very nice!!"

It is easy to see the focus of her Christmas, isn't it? PRESENTS! I don't blame her, when I was a child it was the same for me. I am going to my son's house tomorrow, so instead of my grandchildren coming here this year, we are going to them.

I had this framed soon after she gave it to me, and it hangs on my kitchen wall all year long. The family shown in the picture includes she and her sister, her mom and dad, and me and Mr. kenju. The tree is festively decorated with ornaments and a star at the top. A simple setting - for a simple celebration of Christmas, and all that it entails. I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas. Please don't forget the true meaning. It can get lost in the hustle and bustle of preparations. If you have lost someone close to you this year, reflect on all that they meant to you and bask in the warmth of their memories. Take some quiet time, reflect on all that you have and be thankful. It could be gone tomorrow. You have all brought me much cheer this year. I have learned from you, laughed with you, been sad with you and hopeful with you. This has been one of my best year's ever, so I hope you have a Happy New Year in 2006, and many, many more to come!
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32 comments:

Erin said...
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Erin said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

road apples said...

Merry Christmas to you too Judy.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

A very merry Christmas to you! Safe travels.

craziequeen said...

Merry Christmas Judy.

here from Michele's :-)

cq

panthergirl said...

How cute!! Merry Christmas, Judy!

Peter said...

Merry Christmas Judy.

Mildred Garfield said...

What a very lovely post. And from what I have read on your blog, you are a very special lady.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful, honey. And perfectly timed.

I hope you and yours have the Merriest Christmas ever, full of wishes come true and prayers fulfilled.

Vanessa said...

Beautiful post, Judy. I hope you and your lovely family have a wonderful Christmas!

(Thanks for stopping by via Michele's.)

srp said...

Have a great holiday and make wonderful memories with your grandkids. See you soon.

Jamie Dawn said...

It is a pleasure knowing you, Judy. Your granddaughter is right; you are very, very, very nice!!

Merry Christmas to you and your whole family!

WendyWings said...

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
Michele sent me today.

Mrs. Darling said...

Oh how sweet.
Merry Christmas!

Lish said...

Hi Kenju! Here from Michele's tonight. Merry Christmas!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thanks so much Judy for your very sweet thoughtful wishes..And I wish all the same back to you, too!
I love that drawing..it is sooo very sweet...I can see why you would treasure it...
Hope your day tomorrow is a truly blessed one, Judy.

Elle said...

Happiest Holidays!

Carolyn said...

That's just precious!

You and your family have a very blessed Christmas and New Year too, Judy!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hi Judy...

I don't know what I'm doing up at this hour, but just before I go back to sleep, I'm visiting Michele and she sent me to you!
Howdy and hope this day and Eve, will be WONDERFUL!

justrose said...

just gorgeous. i love little kid artwork -- and holiday sentiments.

warmest wishes.

Shelli said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

poopie said...

Merry Christmas Judy!

Romani Heart said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas :)

Bhakti said...

Happy Christmas, Judy!!

sage said...

Merry Christmas--it feels good to have a tarheel Christmas (but we can't get enough of the water!) blessings.

marcy_peanut said...

Hi Judy--Happy Christmas!!

Valerie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Judy, I wish you a merry Christmas! Thanks for all your blogging.

rugdesigner said...

Merry Christmas, Judy! Wishing you a season filled with laughter and love!

utenzi said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Judy. I hope the day brings happiness to ya'll and ushers in a wonderful new year also.

Ronni Bennett said...

A Merry, Merry Christmas, Judy. Your blog brings us pleasure all year.

ribbiticus said...

a blessed and meaningful christmas to you, judy! it is so much more special when spent with loved ones, don't you agree? :)