As I have mentioned before, Christmas time always takes me back to my grandma’s place. Every December, our large extended family would come together under my grandma’s domain. Grandpa was present too but it was grandma’s boat to ride.
Grandma’s place was home without a doubt. She created a place that we all wanted to be. The warm fuzzy feeling of being at grandma’s was highly anticipated by the many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I can rightly say that I clearly remember my dad beaming with smiles as we traveled to the village; “We were indeed heading home to grandma’s/mama bear.
As years go by and my husband and I raise our own family, I find myself trying to mimic my grandma’s ways. Her traditions in a way she made her place become home for her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren especially during this special holiday season.
I desire to be like my grandma in that way as we continue to grow traditions around the birth of Christ. Creating a place for our family to call home;
- Gathered with the people we love.
- Surrounded by those that love us no matter what.
- Being accepted despite our flaws and differences.
- Feeling safe.
- Feeling wanted.
- A place where we can laugh our hearts out directly from the heart.
- Being surrounded by people that know to hold our hands through all seasons of life.
- Sitting at that dinner table and sharing a meal in love and truth.
- Being mama bear to my children and seeking to know their hearts as seasons go by as I learn to share in their growth however I am needed.
- Creating the Home for our family.
Over the years, we have moved many times within the same State and some in the same town but this year we have had the joy of purchasing our own little piece of land to build our place. I have been praying and dreaming of what this place will become. A place where our family will grow and get to celebrate many Christmases. Our children have already asked us to put up the biggest Christmas tree next year and God willing we will.
I am thankful for the many Christmases past. I am thankful for the places we have called home for every one of those Christmases. I am thankful for the memories created along the way. But most importantly, I am thankful for the reminder of Jesus Christ and the birth that reminds us of our home eternal. Our true home.
With my husband and children, once again I know that we will be home for christmas together under a warm place we all call home.