For ten years I was the “baby” of the house. Christmas mornings are a pretty exciting time for a kid! I remember waking up long before the sun came out and waking up my parents and my older brother so we could go see what surprises Santa had left us. When I was very young everybody obliged and joined in my early morning Christmas spirit. However, as I grew older they were less keen about getting up at what they considered such an unreasonable hour. Of course, that didn’t stop me. I would get out of bed and head on over to the Christmas tree by myself. As the rest of my family slept the morning away I would be playing with whatever fabulous gift Santa had left me. I was always an independent kid so it really wasn’t that big of a deal for me to spend that time alone but, to be honest, it would have been nice to have someone to share it with.
But that all changed with the birth of my much younger brother. He was every bit as eager, maybe even more, as I was to indulge in that early morning Christmas wonder. Every Christmas morning he would sneak into my room before anyone else was awake and the two of us would go together and get a start on the day. I loved every minute of it. I was still young enough to get excited about it all but also old enough to appreciate how magical it was for my little brother. Those are moments I shared with him that I will hold onto for a lifetime. Helping him figure out which gifts were his. Installing batteries and reading instructions. Being a big sister on Christmas morning was pretty awesome.
Weeks before Christmas there was always another exciting day that I always loved and that, eventually, became a holiday tradition I shared with my little brother. That was the day that the Sears Wishbook arrived. I think this day has always been special for a lot of people but when you grow up on a farm with two TV channels this was a huge event! We weren’t bombarded with store displays and TV commercials. The Wishbook was our holiday gift guide. We spent hours poring over the pages, dog-earing pages and circling items that we hoped Santa, or mom and dad, would get for us (Barbie was always my favorite). We also used it to pick out the gifts that we wanted to get for our family members. Every year mom and dad gave us each a small amount of money to buy gifts for each other. Finding the perfect gifts was one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Keeping those gifts a secret, however, was not always easy. We would get so excited about our ideas and our purchases that it was hard to contain them sometimes.
Christmas was always very special in our family when I was a kid. Despite not having a lot of money my parents always managed to make sure we were a little bit spoiled and we always celebrated with our extended family. It was a huge event that brought us all together. Having a much younger sibling to share it with and relive that childhood excitement made it even more special for me. And now I’m a mom with a little one of my own and we are making our own traditions. Some of them are new and some of them are ones that my husband and I have carried forward from our childhoods. And once again being able to relive that Christmas magic through new eyes really is, well, magical.
Celebrate the Holidays (and win)
I have a couple of exciting things to share with you! First is an invitation to join us for the #SearsWishBook Twitter Party on November 27th. We will be talking about holiday memories and, of course, shopping, and you will have the chance to win a $100 Sears gift card. You can find out all the details and RSVP here.
Next, I’m also stoked to be able to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a $50 Sears gift card as well! To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway is open to Canadian residents age 18 and over.
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