Day 8: A Moment
So I had to really think about this and as you can probably imagine it’s hard to pick just one moment in your life of a million moments.
Now, this might be a cheesy moment to pick, but I remember just feeling so content in this instance. That moment is Christmas of last year, 2018.
I’m 22 but you can’t tell me that being excited on Christmas morning is just for kids. I love the holidays and Christmas is one of my all-time favorites because of the decorating, the goodies, the smell of the Christmas tree and just being with family. I also love giving gifts. I’m the type of person that sends you a card on every holiday and when it’s your birthday or Christmas, you best believe I’m finding you the perfect gift.
**Interjection here: Apparently I am an awful person to shop for so each year everyone asks for my want list. I find it hard to believe it’s that hard but I’ve heard it from so many people so I guess it’s true.
So this year I thought long and hard about gifts for my family and friends and I budgeted far in advance so I wasn’t breaking the bank either. The tradition in my house is to all sit around the tree with coffee and hot cocoa (Baileys or Kahlua as an added suggestion) to open presents. A person is then chosen to be the gift distributor and this year I decided to pass on that responsibility to someone else. I usually do it every year. This the particular moment that meant a lot to me because I chose to have my mom’s boyfriend do the distributing and because he’s fairly new to our family I think it also meant a lot to him.
The feeling of sitting there with loved ones and watching them open their gifts and being surprised and super thankful for them is what I remember so vividly every year and it makes me so happy. And even though I give my mom a list of things I would like she always finds a couple things to surprise me with as well. Being with family and just enjoying everyone’s presence is what I think the true meaning of the holidays is, no matter what you celebrate.
It’s family moments like those that make me so grateful for the wonderful life I have. I wouldn’t change it for the world.