“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about? Aaaaahhhhhh.” ~ Charlie Brown
This photo may be a crude interpretation of a ping-pong table, but this is my creation for my mom’s memorial Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year. As part of our new traditions, my brother, his family and I agreed to either make or buy an ornament that reminds us of a funny story of my mom. Because this is the first Christmas without her, we will keep those funny memories alive by telling the story behind the ornament as we hang it on the tree. I’m sure Charlie Brown would be proud.
Charlie Brown was determined to find the true meaning of Christmas and, after being dismayed by all the commercialism surrounding the holiday, he discovered that it is not about the presents. Christmas isn’t a gift that you can unwrap, it’s a feeling that embraces you and warms you. Christmas is sharing your heart with others and remembering those who cannot be with you.
This year, this is one of the many ways we will remember my mom. This ornament reminds me of some of the best parts of my mother – her carefree attitude, her sense of humor and her zest for life, along with her quest to take ping-pong to a whole new level. Although my heart may feel empty now, I know as we share some love and laughter during the holidays, my heart will once again be filled with joy and the spirit of the holiday.
My wish for all of you this holiday season is to find the same joy and happiness that I know I will find being with family and friends. Christmas is about presence, not presents. The spirit of the holiday is about spending time with the ones you love and allowing yourself to be cloaked in their hugs and saturated by their laughter.
The best of the holiday to all of you.