Yesterday I made it to the stores. It had snowed here so I knew that the malls would be quiet and I could run to the store and then just finish up my shopping. While at the store I saw the most touching scene. A father and his two daughters shopping for Mommy. It brought me back to such a fond childhood memory that it brought a tear to my eye... But a happy tear.
I was 5 years old. My Dad and I went out Christmas shopping for my mom. Just me and him. We did this every year. So we went shopping to look for the perfect gift. Where did we shop? At the store with the flashing blue light. Kmart.
While walking around the store I walked upon the most beautiful end cap. Boxes with many Christmas pins. The pin that I gravitated toward was a gemmed Rudolf Christmas pin.
I told Daddy, " Mommy will love it!" So of course we bought it. We put it under the tree and I waited for what seemed like eternity to give her the perfect gift. All filled with the excitement and joy of buying the perfect gift for the one that you love!
Christmas morning finally arrived. When it was time to give mom her gift I could not wait for her to open it! She unwrapped it. I sat at her feet grinning ear to ear for her to agree it was the most beautiful gift. She opened it and looked at it upside down. It is beautiful sweetheart, but what is it. Ouch. "Mommy, it's upside down. It is Ruldolph, see?" Yes, I see now.
Well, my mom wore that pin every year and received so many compliments on it. It needed a few repairs on it a couple of years ago, but never has a pin been loved as much as that Rudoph pin. Every time I wear it, I get floods of compliments.
I feel like Mom is with me when I wear it!
So this Christmas I cherish the memory of my Mom and Dad and I remember all the good times we shared. And I am so happy that I have a little peice of my childhood with me. It does not matter the size or the price of the gift, it is really all about the love of the day.
I think that is why Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year. It is the hope, love and miracle of the season just waiting to be unwrapped.