Christmas IS my favorite time of the year, it beats any other holiday by far! I love everything about it, the twinkly lights, the smells, the tree, the sounds, the sights.... but what I love most is the ¨feel¨... it brings me so many cozy warm feelings that it could easily be a very nostalgic time too. I always go back to my childhood Christmases, I remember everything about them, literally everything and most probably every Christmas. Things I remember... us putting up the tree, my mom putting up the most gorgeous nativity scene in history of the world, the 3 days that we spent at my grandma´s making ¨hallacas¨(our typical Christmas food), the sound of Christmas Carols, Aguinaldo and gaitas everywhere (Venezuelan Christmas music which is full of energy, drums, and color), our so very intense blue sky and a bit cooler weather during December, going to church, our parties on Christmas Eve where waiting for Santa was all that mattered in the whole wide world! Although we believe and have Santa Claus here in Venezuela, Baby Jesus is the one who comes and leaves the presents! And waking up so very early on the 25th was pure and simple magic... I didn't necessarily get everything that I wanted, but it felt so good to wake up and belong, and feel loved... that´s all that mattered.
When I was in my teens I remember, sitting down by the tree with my notebook in hand when everyone else was asleep, and writing, pouring my heart and soul into a piece of paper, inspired by the magic of the dim lights and a twinkly tree, dreaming of my future Christmases with my own family.... maybe three girls and a handsome loving husband!!!
Life happens in a blink of an eye... and here I am, the mom now, responsible for making their magic, their memories of forever, moments that will make them beautiful, kind and generous women.... It´s on me to play the music, make the scents happen, the lights twinkle, the magic happen, and I love it! And while I think that it is me that makes their memories, it is them that fuel my heart with the need to make it even more special!
And so every Christmas play is important, and I still can´t seem to hold it together... is like every year I find a new set of reasons to make it specially special... like this year it was Ari´s first play, and Ale´s first Gaitas festival, and she looked sooo grown up, and Emi was so pretty in hers....
We also have our share of bdays in december! mine on the 2nd!
Then is my dad´s turn on the 18th, and let me tell you, if you want to see someone enjoy a bday... well you just have to meet him!
Emi´s is on the 26th, but because we will be traveling we decided to celebrate it this week with a skate party plus a slumber party.... (I know we are brave!!!)
The truth is that there isn´t always music playing in the background, no sound track everyday of Christmas, and some days feel like a train ran me over.... but there is always something that makes me open my eyes and my heart to the magic that happens this time of year..... Like finding Ari every day by the tree just having it her way! She will play with every ornament she can put her little hands on to, and we let her because that is exactly who the tree is for!
Or lighting each advent candle with the best voice you have!
And although there might be many more glamorous ways to have a drink with your sister and cousin... who said that it needs to be glamorous to be fun??
not all Christmases are white, they all come in different colors.... the important thing is to find the magic in whatever color you are blessed to have and to see.... and then there will not be a sparkle you miss in your children´s eyes!
Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 16, then I have an 14 year old, and my miracle baby who is 6. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
Am now a member of Communal Global!!!