B Mindful of Home

Home for the holidays is much more than a carol at Christmas, a fact for which I am abundantly grateful.

In 2009, the first holiday I lived away from Missouri, my mom sang, “I’ll be home for Christmas” to me as she anticipated my arrival.

A scant seven months later she left for her heavenly home.

The Christmas of 2010 was filled with family memories too painful to dwell on so I sort of skipped it and ran to the southeast Florida beaches.

This Christmas, with my heart strengthening, my sweetie and I just returned from a visit with Dad in his new abode.  He’s lived in his new place–filled with masculine touches (thanks to my brother and sister-in-law)–for about a month, following the sale of our family home.

We had some 45 years of holiday merriment in that house, the house we called home.

During this past weekend, one week before Christmas, there were no signs of the holiday at my Dad’s place, my new home when I visit him in Missouri.

The absence of festive adornments didn’t really matter because Dad lives there.  He is the common denominator in both addresses.  He and Mom gifted me with the magic of Christmas long ago and I’m learning that the holiday feeling doesn’t derive from a location or a brightly wrapped package.

Christmas magic of home resides in my heart.  All the years of waiting in child-like anticipation for “Santa” to get everything just right before my brother and I could run down the hall, all those feasts and all the year-after-year repeated phrases and stories, these all are sweetly tucked into my heart’s nooks and crannies.

I’ll spend some time on Christmas day expressing gratitude for Christmases past as my sweetie and I relax on sand instead of snow.

I can go many places in my mind and this year at Christmas I’ll be mindful of home.  Then I’ll realize that I am home–wherever I am.

In this week before Christmas, please enjoy these five quotes about being home around Christmas.  Also, please leave a comment about how you are mindful of your holiday home.

Peace and blessings to you . . .

I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams. ~ Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  ~Charles Dickens

At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~ Marjorie Holmes

Christmas … is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.  ~ Freya Stark





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  1. Lovely post, Beth. It brought me into the Christmas spirit and memories of Christmas with my family in southern California. We can move, change traditions, skip Christmas if we like, but we will always have the memories of our childhood Christmas traditions to bring us comfort.

  2. Galen Pearl says:

    Very sweet. Wishing you all the best at Christmas.

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