I was inspired by a few of my students this week. I love talking to children about Christmas – to see their eyes light up and the excitement on their faces as they tell me what they are asking for – hoping Santa will bring for them.
This last week has brought joy, excitement and laughter as each student has come for their lesson – with a brightly wrapped present for me. They love to watch me open their gift (I’m pretty much a kid at heart) because I get so excited to open it! It makes them giggle. And it proves that Christmas is WAY more about giving than getting.
I try to make Christmas special for each one of them. We sing and play only Christmas music in the month of December after the recital is over – and it is REALLY fun! Last week my grown-up married daughter, Ashlee was here during some of my afternoon lessons – and I invited her in to sing harmony with us as we sang Christmas carols for most of the afternoon. Special memories.
I have many memories from my childhood as this season approaches. I remember taking my very first airplane ride the Christmas that I was 10. It is forever etched in my memory – and nothing else will likely compare to that Christmas for me. We were flying from Seattle to Calgary, Alberta – where I was born and lived for the first 8 years of my young life. My Grandparents lived there – and we were flying up to spend that Christmas with them. Calgary is very cold in the winter – and we were greeted with a ‘winter wonderland’ of snow! Our taxi driver was very nice – he could see our excitement and stopped by a Christmas light display at a neighborhood park – turned off his meter and let us get out and enjoy it. I will never forget that Christmas.
However – we make new and unique Christmas memories every year – without knowing it. As I look back over my life – I’m sure what I’m doing right now in this season with my students will rank right up there with the most special memories. And I do have many wonderful memories when our own children were small.
Sometimes we are not even aware that we are ‘making memories’ while they are happening. It is only as we look back on them – some years later that we truly recognize it – smile and remember.
I’m not sure if we should try to recapture the past – as great as some of those memories are. Life is ever-changing – and we are all on a journey, good and bad. The present and future are still there to write upon – and I for one can’t wait!
What are your favorite memories? Do you think the best is yet to come? Do you try to recapture the time when your children were small – or still with you? Or do you see the future as an opportunity to meet new friends and share yourself with others that need your encouragement and warmth?
I am praying for each one of you this holiday season – that you will surround yourself with those you love, who love you and those that cross your journey this season. That you will have your heart open to embrace and love – and be in anticipation of the wonderful things ahead. That you will have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with those you come in contact and share your life with. That they will be drawn to the love of God just by knowing you. This is my prayer.
May God truly Bless you!