Amidst the piles of Christmas decorations, I suddenly land upon the most treasured tradition of them all. “The Book”, as it is now known to all in our family members, brings an quick smile to my face. Joy, laughter and adore fills my heart as the timeless memories of these favored stories flood my mind.
Throughout my childhood, and well into my teens, my mother would beckon my sister and I to collect around to listen to one particular of our most loved Christmas stories. For our loved ones, this was the best Christmas had to offer. Peace and quiet spreading throughout the residence, my mother’s loving voice carrying our thoughts off to far away places, the masterful words in these classic stories bringing the heart of Christmas property.
This ritual is perhaps my most loved household tradition. The memories of these occasions together have connected us to every single other Christmas following Christmas. The stories becoming rich with meaning as my relationship with every character has grown more than these several years.
These classic tales are wealthy with moral values, connecting oneself to a deeper understanding of the human condition. Every single story has a magical twist that inspires and fortifies the soul. As I have grown, so has my appreciation for the meanings located in these story. I am ever thankful that my mother had the insight to study these stories over and over, allowing my understanding of these stories to develop as I grew.
There is some thing really strong when a story is read aloud. The reader’s voice infuses the words with passion and which means. My mother’s instance has turn into a beacon to my sister and I to train our personal voices in order to speak with confidence and joy.
So, as another season approaches, “the book” is becoming unpacked. My heart is grateful for the robust family members traditions I grew up with, my soul anticipating the awakening of the correct Spirit of Christmas. My inner child dancing with excitement, wondering which a single of these “excellent” Christmas stories I will study to my kids this December.