Tradition comes in the form of savory indulgences, too, and we certainly had our favorite Christmas treats. Each year, with Christmas music constantly playing on our stereo and her beautiful singing voice filling our home, Mom would spend hours creating in her kitchen delectable delights. Our dining room table was laden with home baked cookies, cakes, and fudge -- all labors of Mom's love. When Dad was home in late-November, he completed all the repairs that needed to be done before the holiday celebrations began. And, while singing under his breath "ba rum ba bump bum," he made certain lights were strung around the roof of our house. It was a very merry time for us all.
In this fast-paced world, we are in awe now of how hard Mom and Dad worked throughout the year and during the days that neared Christmas to lavish us with such wonderment. We learned so much from our parents, and, as a result, there is much for us to teach.
This is our message to our children: May you always be surrounded by Love and Spirit so you too will come to cherish as many wonderful Christmas memories as we have had the pleasure to know. Please do everything within your individual and collective power to continue the legacy.
And, although they are not physically with us today, this is our message to our parents: Thank you for so much love and for teaching us how to Give. We miss you most this time of year. It should come as no surprise to those who knew you, but is truly amazing to realize, that even the colors of your birthstones -- the red of July's ruby and the green of May's emerald -- together make the Colors of Christmas.
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So there you have it, a peek into our Christmases Past. These memories were also shared to illustrate how Sherryl became the person she is today. She has Mom's bright-eyed enthusiasm for personally connecting with everyone she meets, her unconditional love for every child who exists in this universe, and her innate ability to create, with or without resources, absolute magic. And, besides having his beautiful brown eyes and rich complexion, she has Dad's soft-spoken playful demeanor, his ability to work hard and laugh often, and his commitment to quietly honor that which should be honored. We are so very lucky to have this combination of qualities and traits wrapped into a single human being who is called by so many "RaRa."
Please enjoy below one of our very favorite family photographs, followed by Sherryl's favorite Christmas song. And from our family to yours,
Merry, Merry Christmas!
Christmas 1962 ~ Left to right: Sherryl, Dad, Arleen, Nadine, and Mom