The day after Christmas

Some memories deserve to linger

Christmas 2017 is over!

After all the hurry up and go days filled with shopping, baking and decorating, the big day has come and gone.

Wow! It’s hard to believe.

But, somehow, even though we can do it only in our head, its nice to put the brakes on the time capsule that is hurtling towards 2018, and reflect on the Christmas season of the past.

My goodness, it seems like only yesterday it was Christmas. Actually, that’s probably because it was.

They say you don’t remember days, only moments. I believe that to be true.

For me Christmas, 2017 offered lots of moments to remember. Moments, now simply cherished memories to be wrapped up like the most precious of Christmas gifts.

Of course there were other moments, too. Moments of complete and utter frustration, exhaustion and worry. Those moments are really not worth keeping alive for 10 minutes, not even 10 seconds.

Part of Christmas is giving. And the golden rule of giving is it is a good thing. In fact it’s even better to give than to receive.

I truly believe that.

Mostly.

But, I’m only human after all, and sometimes my halo of generosity slips every now and then, even during the season of giving.

As a young mom, I was always worried that the Santa my kids believed to be true would be too broke to give them everything on their wish list.

Lots of time he/she was.

But, despite my worries, the kids seemed to have escaped mostly unscathed from a lot of childhood trauma my worried young self conjured up.

And now it seems they are happily giving back.

One of my most special moments of 2017 was a rather excited announcement from a very dear friend after we had just enjoyed a lovely supper at my home, “Treena, there’s a limo parked in your driveway.”

“What!” I said, looking down ruefully at my bare feet and blue jeans. “Maybe he’s lost,” I suggested, almost hopefully.

As it turned out the driver was not lost but was hired by our son to take his parents and a couple of special friends on a special tour to see the beautiful Christmas lights of Sylvan Lake and Red Deer.

Once I learned the limo was, indeed, waiting for us, I quickly rummaged through my sock drawer, looking for socks that matched and grabbed my almost clean white winter jacket out of the hall closet.

Let the fun begin!

And, as the driver graciously opened the door, I momentarily forgot I was me, convinced I was royalty, or at the very least a movie star, who had stepped off the screen instead of out of the kitchen.

Entering the limo was like entering a strange, exotic world of soft leather and sparkling glasses and plush interior all softly lit by little starlights strategically placed in the limo’s roof.

Christmas music wafted gently through the air.

“Wow!” I said to no one in particular as I found myself sinking gratefully back into the unaccustomed luxury.

The limo ride, the sparkling lights and the excitement is but a memory now.

But it’s a memory that I certainly plan to take with me into the New Year and many more years to come.

It really is better to give than to receive.

But, truly, there are exceptions!

Just Posted

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Influenza hits hard in Alberta

Flu season hits hard

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ice fishing enjoyed by all

Crestomere 4-H members enjoy ice fishing

Major announcement planned for Tuesday at Westerner Park

Hopes are that the CFR will be relocating to Red Deer

Volunteers busy

Volunteers at Pas Ka Poo Park

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

German nurse charged with 97 more murders

Niels Hoegel, serving a life sentence for two murders, has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings.

Two men guilty in murders of Alberta family could face 75 years

The pair were found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Klaus’s parents and sister in a rural home near Castor, Alberta

Most Read