Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without…

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Linking up again with Amber (Mr. Thomas and Me) and Erin’s (Hooley with a Z) 12 Days of Blogging Christmas link up.

Today we were asked to finish the phrase, “Christmas Just Wouldn’t Be Christmas without…”

Today’s prompt in the #12daysofblogging link up gave me a little bit of a mind blank. I’m a Christmas fanatic and love going all out during the holidays. I decorate the house to the nines, play Christmas music non stop, decorate the tree with passion, and wrap presents like they are pieces of artwork. The season turns me into an overly emotional woman who will cry at the sight of a reindeer or a smiling child.

But what exactly makes Christmas so special?

The idea of taking away any of my favorite things about Christmas gives me a slight anxiety attack. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the tree, the music, the decor, the cookies, the movies. I would never want to do Christmas without my favorite holiday traditions. But saying, “Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree in my living room” or “Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without my favorite rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…or my mom’s cookies, or a viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life”…or all of our decorations”  sounds SO terribly trivial.

If we no longer had all these beloved elements of the holiday, Christmas would still happen and of course it would still be lovely and beautiful.

What exactly is it about this season? How does it maintain its magic year after year?

Just imagine experiencing Christmas for the very first time. Imagine that you have never heard of Christmas. You have  no recollection of childhood Christmases. No fond memories of tree decorating, or the magic of Christmas Eve, or the excitement of Christmas morning. Imagine hearing all about the “silliness” that happens during this season.

Bringing a whole live tree into your living room. Playing rhyme heavy and childish songs over and over. Decorating your yard’s shrubbery with twinkling lights. Filling stockings with gifts. Believing in a fat man in a red suit that travels all around the world in one night delivering gifts to children. All these activities would sound completely ludicrous.  This whole idea of Christmas would  be so alien and absurd to you.

Kids, it all boils down to this: Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without memories and traditions.

Christmas is made by traditions. Traditions that would be completely pointless without our family and memories of our family’s past. Everyone’s traditions are different, unique to their particular family – that is what makes them so very special. Christmas wouldn’t mean anything without our memories. Our memories tie our family together –  they act as the bond that makes us a unit. Christmas is about family, about remembering where you have come from, and about making hopes and plans for the future – together.

So, I’m here to tell you what every single made for TV Hallmark holiday movie throws in your face; Christmas means nothing unless you have someone to share it with. Christmas means nothing if you don’t hold onto happy memories and have hope for the future. Christmas means nothing without love.

xoxo katie

 

  • Pat (Mom)

    Perfectly written! Once again this Christmas we will share and create memories with family and friends that we dearly love.

  • Love this! Yes yes and yes. My big Christmas OCD Extravaganza involves wrapping gifts (which I’m blogging about tomorrow… sharing or a desperate cry for help, I’m not sure). Each person gets their own wrapping paper that I specifically pick out for them. Literally I pour hours of thought into wrapping paper. Then the gifts have a specific way to be arranged under the tree. You should hear all the ways people torment me what with rewrapping and rearranging. Naughty little Christmas elves. I’m putting them on the Not So Nice List for sure. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Keep it Sassy & Classy,
    B
    http://msultimatesophistication.wordpress.com

    • kwalshmac

      Oh wow! Your wrapping sounds amazing! I simply like to go all out with tons of ribbons and bows and pretty paper. Can’t wait to check out your post!

  • Faith Martin

    Thanks, Katie. Love your blogs. Your thoughts put into words always hit the spot. When did that little girl turn into such a strong young lady with wisdom beyond your years? I’m so happy for you and Ryan. 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you, Faith! I appreciate it, this blog is simply so much fun. I love coming to it everyday.

  • Rachel G

    Your blog post made me think…Christmas is really cool because of all the traditions, but I’m actually really grateful that I’ve gotten to be there for someone else’s first time experiencing Christmas. Many of our friends in the country where I grew up hadn’t celebrated Christmas before we moved there and introduced them to the new traditions involved–and I think that was a really fun opportunity!

    • kwalshmac

      That is SO special that you were able to experience someone’s first Christmas. It really gets you to be more self aware of what makes your traditions so important. I would love to hear more about that!