Nostalgia plays a huge part in my role as a parent during Christmas time. My mom was an absolute maniac. She put away everyday things like dish wear, dish towels, cookie jars, throw pillows, rugs, bath towels, bath mats, the horrible idea of toilet seat covers, etc., etc., and replaced EVERYTHING with a Christmas version. She had two trees. One we could “help” with and one we couldn’t even breath in the direction of without feeling the “look.” She also had musical things and pieces we could play with. Christmas books galore, some I still have. But my most favorite, and was quite possibly hers too, is this village (sitting up on the only shelf my toddler can’t reach.) She put so much thought in to every piece. Each member of our family, including our dog, is in there. She cherished it and she absolutely shined when she set it up. My mom has been gone for several years now but she is so, completely alive when I open this tote each year. She did Christmas so well and I’m so grateful for the magic she created for us as kids. .
There’s a few other touches & ideas that I’ve brought in to our house from my childhood. I’d be so happy to share them with you in my stories today but for now, you can go see what part she’s probably cringing at because I failed so hard last year. I’m redeeming my self this year, though.... I think. .
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