Our family had a great Christmas with lots of loved ones around, and throughout Christmas day I realized that there were many lessons to learn. For instance,
- No matter how old you are, you're still your parent's children. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but they do tend to want to take care of you at any age.
- I treat my sons the same way my parents treat me. They're still my boys. Just now, they have much more expensive tastes.
- I retain cookies.
- No matter how much restraint I have an hour before dinner, I have none at dinner.
- Holiday dinners are a great time to keep the family oral tradition alive. The next generation needs to know the family history.
- A post dinner nap is non-negotiable.
- The speed at which you open presents does not change the impact of the gift inside.
- Surprises are surprises. My youngest son is hard to surprise. This year, we were able to surprise him. That was a gift for us.
- The smells of Christmas are different than any other smells.
- There is less traffic through town on Christmas day. Superbowl Sunday is the other day our community shuts down voluntarily (except for pizza delivery guys).
- Even a 12" tall Christmas tree will make you smile. Ours is 4'.
- A Christmas card from an old friend will make you feel warm inside.
- There is nothing like seeing the smile on a loved ones face when he/she opens a greatly desired gift.
- A Christmas hug seems warmer.
- Christmas dinner could be pizza if you're surrounded by loved ones.
So, what lessons did you learn this Christmas? I'm sure there were some old ones you were looking forward to experiencing all over again. Have a wonderful post-Christmas week, and let's expect great things in the New Year.