Every year as the holidays zoom upon us, I try and slow myself down by thinking of my favorite holiday memory. I take a moment and try and remember all the sounds, the smells the sights...everything associated with that moment. I have two... 1)Patrick and I got married just before Christmas (Nov13th) so we were still freshly married our first Christmas. I knew it was going to be a very full day what w/going to his parents first for breakfast and then to my parents for lunch. But Patrick made sure we got up early enough to open one or two gifts each. We sat in our sunroom beneath our first Christmas Tree together and just looked in each other's eyes. As I looked at him, I saw my life ahead with him. I saw children we would one day have and the smiles and laughter that those children would have. Just a couple years after that, we had Ryan and then the following year we had Benjamin. It only gets better every year. I'm so thankful that I have Patrick and our Children and that we'll have those moments to treasure the rest of our lives. 2)When I was in the 3rd grade, we were living in La Habra, Califorinia. Not far from where we lived was a bike trail, but none of us had bicycles....not until Christmas morning! We walked down the stairs and lined up in the living room were 4 bicycles and 2 tricycles (plus 2 baby carry seats since my brothers were just 1 and 2 years old). I don't even think we opened any other gifts until we all went on a bike ride on Christmas morning! Of course it was Sunny Southern California so it was shorts and t-shirts weather!!! Who can't smile about that!!! I'd love to know what your favorite Christmas (or Chanukah, or Kwanzaa memory is). Happy Holidays and all the love from my heart to yours!