The Christmas Season is a time of nostalgia, family traditions, and so many warm memories of the seasons passed, and each year we hope to achieve making the present Christmas season just as memorable.
Thinking back now, it’s not the presents received that are remembered, those were pretty much forgotten once the wrappings came off. What is remembered though was the nostalgia of the Christmas Season. The sights, the smells, the gatherings, the foods, and the shopping.
As a kid I never gave them much thought, but now as an adult, I realize just how much impact the sights, smells, foods and shopping have made. For those of us that are over 50, the Christmas season was much different then than it is for those younger or the kids of today. We didn’t shop at malls or Walmart, they didn’t exist.
Small town streets were decorated, store front displays lighting up a sparkle in everyone’s eyes. Shopping consisted of going store to store, from every Five & Dime, every department store, their old wood floors creaking under all the customers footsteps. Going in and out of the cold December weather, bundled up, trekking through snow covered sidewalks, toes, fingers, and nose tingling from the chilly weather, and parents wishing a Merry Christmas to every friend or neighbor they met or stopped to talk with, never worrying that saying such would offend anyone. The Salvation Army recruits, dressed in their black suits and capes, rang their bells on every street corner and a huge decorated and lit Christmas tree near the steps of the Courthouse. Even going home afterward is a memory…thinking the car would never warm up!
And home…the most memorable of the Christmas season, filled with the scents of holiday cooking and baking. The mixture of cinnamon, vanilla, anise, peppermint, chocolate, apples, raisins, and pumpkin from making homemade cookies filled the house. It’s those smells and scents that trigger so many memories of a toasty warm kitchen on cold and crispy December baking days. Even the fresh cut Christmas tree loaned its seasonal scent throughout the house and created memories all it’s own.
The memories of the Christmas season isn’t about the gifts or the presents, as those fad as fast as the wrapping is removed. Nostalgic memories last forever, and from a time and place in our lives that can never be replicated in our lives or those younger, today.
Pour a cup of coffee or make a cup of tea, find yourself a cozy spot, watch it snow, think back to your childhood Christmas seasons and warm up to all of those wonderful nostalgic memories.
Send an email and share of some of your nostalgic Christmas memories to firstname.lastname@example.org for an upcoming Seniam Report post. I’d love to share them.