FEATURED in A MOMENT IN TIME
CAMERA DATA: canon powershot sd780IS; shot taken December 24, 2009; shutter 1/60; Apeture f 1/60, ISO 400, meter pattern
My fondest Christmas memory is of the last Christmas that I spent with my brother before his deployment to the Middle East.
Our entire immediate family got together at my mother and father’s home in Skagit County which is in the Northern part of Washington State.
We had not all been together for Christmas Eve for a few years.
Christmas Eve is a very special occasion in my family-it always has been a long standing tradition since our childhood thanks to my mother.
She always goes out of her way to create a wonderful Christmas tree with decorations that we made as children that she has today.
Just this year, my husband and I went to help mom and dad decorate the family tree.
As I helped her put up the decorations I found ornaments that I had made from when I was five years old, I found ornaments that she had bought during my brothers first deployment years ago, I found ornaments that brought back many happy times from past Christmas’ that hold so many fond memories and I had to be very strong not to cry or show to her how much I miss my brother this year because I know she is being so strong for me as well.
This photograph that I took of my brother, his wife, my son and his wife and one of my nephews all sitting around the Christmas tree eagerly awaiting, receiving their presents is one that makes me happy for many reasons and is reminiscent of when I was a child sitting around my parents Christmas tree.
The tradition that my mother and father started so many years ago continues and will continue with our children and with their children-this is my parent’s legacy and my fondest memory of Christmas.
And when my brother returns home I will take another photograph of us all together again sitting around my parent’s tree on Christmas Eve watching the children and grandchildren eagerly anticipating opening the presents and laughing and talking and reminiscing about when we did the same thing when we were their age-smiling and comforted in the knowledge that we are safe and our family is all together and strong…family bonds are not broken and the joy and love remains from generation to generation.
H, I am looking forward to seeing your smiling face next Christmas or maybe the next one I guess…In the meantime your present is on its way to where you are now, I hope you look at this photo and it gives you pleasant dreams this Christmas.