Yes, sending a Christmas card and letter and looking forward to checking the mailbox each day in December for cards and news from family and friends who spend more money for stamps each year to send Season's Greetings. Mom would keep a record of cards received and hang them from the wooden ceiling beams in the living room.
Yes, decorating our home with boughs of evergreen and pine cones and, of course, having a Christmas tree in the living room with lights and ornaments to prepare a place for gifts to rest. It reminds me of the Gift, Jesus Christ, that was sent that first Christmas, the sayings we memorized for a part in the church Christmas Program each year, and the bags of salted peanuts, oranges and red and white striped candy canes we each received after the program.
Yes, playing Christmas music, singing Christmas carols, and playing the piano. My memories include walking through snow from house to house singing in harmony with a group of friends and the cup of hot chocolate to warm our voices and hands.
Yes, baking Christmas goodies, cookies and pies. Sprutz are a must with red, white and green food coloring. Popcorn balls were made for Christmas Day when our family played cards, games and ate too much turkey.
Although there are no snowflakes in Arizona, these traditions remain part of the preparation for the coming of Christmas. Why??? you may ask: to stay in touch with memories of people, places and magic so much a part of who this author, artist and musician is today.
May Christmas Peace be yours!