Monday, December 26, 2011

My Favorite Things at Christmas

As a child I loved songs from the Sound of Music. One of my favorites was "My Favorite Things." I was pleased to hear it on the Glee Christmas episode. It's the little things that I love at Christmas time-- singing carols with the lonely elderly at a nursing home and at Christmas parties with friends. Santa in his sleigh at the end of the Christmas parade. My red-bordered Christmas dishes with the snowman couple painted in the center. The twinkle of the lights on the tree. Special ornaments like Baby's First Christmas and the crystal angel at the top. Watching movies like A Christmas Story or Rudolph once again. Playing Santa's helper to make sure a needy child has presents Christmas morning. The velvet petals of a deep red poinsettia. Kisses under the mistletoe shot out of an oak tree. A wayward baby lamb in the pre-school Nativity play. The light in a child's eyes when they open a present. Extended family gathered at Grandparents' house to share Christmas dinner, vow to visit more often and hold the newest baby. Rarely here, delicate snowflakes icing the black branches of a pine tree. Snuggling in front of the glowing fireplace decked with garland and stockings. An unexpected gift (there's always one every year). This year it was a snow white calf birthed by my son's cow on Christmas Day.

When it's all over-- the shiny gift paper and bows trashed, the food devoured, the candles blown out, the decorations put away-- the one thing that will remain are the memories. Memories of how our family celebrated Christmas. I hope our grandchildren will fondly remember our traditions every Christmas to come... and that they will make them their own favorite things.

What are your favorite traditions?










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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984048324/

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