Thursday, December 30, 2010
Holly Springs missed the white Christmas.
But our family experienced the snow, about two inches on the ground and still falling, thanks to our Christmas Day trip to Hamilton, Ala.
My sister Vickie called early Christmas morning and asked, “Are y’all getting snow?”
“No – none,” I replied
“We have a lot,” she said. “The roads are OK right now, but y’all be careful driving.”
So when our 8-year-old did not wake up to a highly-anticipated white Christmas, I immediately informed her that we’d make it to Alabama in time to see the snow on the ground.
Later, about 11 a.m., before leaving for Alabama, snow did start falling in Holly Springs but not sticking. Then when we returned late Saturday night, snow started falling once again when we reached Marshall County. There was more snow Sunday – but little or no accumulation.
“Everyone got snow for Christmas but us,” was a common comment on the local front.
The snow scenes in Alabama made Christmas 2010 a special one, no doubt. The countryside blanked with snow was beautiful.
But even more special in late December each year is the opportunity to be with family and friends. As I near 50, I realize more and more the importance of enjoying the time together and the joy of giving instead of receiving.
There were some last-minute deliveries to the Burleson household – with some help from our good friends from the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx.
We always open presents from a long-time family friend on Christmas Eve. They had not yet arrived this year December 24 but when I went to the post office that morning, I was handed a packed box. I knew without looking who it was from.
And there were some Christmas Eve purchases by the Burlesons.
It just would not be Christmas if Pam and I did not have to rush out at the last minute and buy a few more things. Those kind of things make for some of our best memories over the years – like the drive from our former home in Aberdeen to Tuscaloosa, Ala., late one night in the quest for a doll house.
I think a gift for yours truly might have been one of the latest ones this year.
The family apparently had hoped my gift was arriving Christmas Eve, but to no avail. So instead they rushed out to buy me something different (a new DVD player) – apparently providing a clue of what was to come. Monday night, I received “The Best of Perry Mason” on DVDs.
The best times during the holidays are usually the simplest ones.
We sat around the table Friday night playing “Bamaoply,” a Roll Tide version of the famous board game Monopoly. Saturday night, while visiting in Alabama, Emma, Andy and Erin sang some spiritual songs from church camp for the family. Sunday, Pam and I joined Erin playing one of her new board games, Hedbanz, and later we all watched Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 together.
I also enjoyed about a two-hour nap Sunday afternoon – something I had not experienced in some time.
It was a wonderful Christmas.
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