Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Part of the family
I was sitting here trying to think of what Christmas memory I wanted to share. When it hit me, I couldn't believe I'd forgotten about it. It's amazing how as time goes on, little memories fade, until something happens to spark them and they flare to life just like they just happened. That's how this memory was for me.
My husband and I have a very unique story on how we got together. We've been together since we were teenagers and because of various situations, we needed somewhere to live. We were teenagers, both worked little part time jobs, and still in high school and we couldn't afford our own place. There was a girl I went to school with and her family had welcomed us into their home and treated us just like one of their children. Now this happened before Christmas, but when that time of year came around, I was a little nervous. It was going to be my first Christmas not spending it with my mom.
I remember the HUGE Christmas tree they bought. I was in shock. They always went all out on their tree. Then they bought tons of cans of the snow and flocked it until it was perfectly white. They had their tradition down pat. They had glitter that we'd put in our hands and blow onto the tree to make it sparkle against the fake snow. And then decorations. TONS of them! We all jumped in. I can remember just staring at it when we were done. It was the prettiest tree I'd ever seen! On Christmas Eve they always let the kids open one gift and it was always pajamas. We'd wear those to bed so that we'd have nice jammies on the next morning for pictures. We got up super early and opened gifts then we'd set out snack foods for the day while they started cooking.
They will always be family to us. We stepped right into their family and have been a part of it ever since. Even though we live in a different state now and we haven't seen them for a few years, we're always be close. Not just because they made that first holiday, out on my own like a "grown-up" so special, but because they're special.
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