I was feeling a little melancholy the other day as I was fixing a day-after Thanksgiving meal for the 4 of us. Now that the girls are getting older, holidays just feel different. I miss the girls being little and wanting to spend time with me. I miss the excitement of Santa and long toy lists and just the sheer giddiness that exudes from children this time of year.
As I was cooking dinner, my oldest came out of “hiding” (she spends lots of time in her room now) and she asked me about what sorts of traditions I did with my family as a kid.
Did you have lots of Christmas decorations when you were little?
I remembered the glass candle globes with holly berries around them that we placed on our coffee table and dining room table. And we always hung mistletoe in the hallway. And there were these Christmas dishes…
Wait a minute- you had Christmas dishes? For some reason, that piqued her interest.
Actually, I have them somewhere in the garage packed away.
And like that, my oldest daughter was a giddy child on a mission to find them.
I went to the garage with her, and we dug through several bins looking for them. Lo and behold- we found the magic tub filled with the Christmas dishes.
“I can’t believe you never told us about these!”
I helped her bring the tub upstairs, and then I watched as she took out every piece and neatly stacked it on the kitchen counter. She snapped a picture of the dishes to send to her friend. “It doesn’t take much to make me excited!” She grinned from ear to ear as she sent her friend a text with the picture of the treasure she found in the garage.
Why have we never used these?!” she asked me.
“I didn’t want to take the chance of breaking them when you girls were younger.” And that was the honest truth. I remember my aunt got us those dishes for Christmas when I was really young, and they were special to me.
I told her if she wanted us to use the dishes then she needed to hand wash all of them. She happily obliged, and then she set the table for our day-after-Thanksgiving meal with our fancy Christmas dishes.
And as we ate together as a family that evening, I was filled with joy. Something as simple as eating on a plate with a Christmas tree used to make me so excited as a kid! Knowing that those same dishes brought the same joy to my daughter’s face that day overwhelmed my heart with gladness.
And just like that- something old that had been packed away years ago became new again…and a new family tradition has begun!
Old things have disappeared, and look! all things have become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17