I open my eyes, throw the covers off my body, and run to my parents room with the biggest smile my mouth was able to mak . After jumping on their bed to wake them, I would sit eagerly beside the christmas tree wondering what gift I should open first. I would wonder to myself if the size or weight of the box would determine how amazing the gift really was. My family would take turns, one at a time until all the gifts were unwrapped.
That was many years ago and now I am excited for the christmas morning experience as a parent. I can't wait to watch their little faces glowing with excitement. As I am writing this we are watching old christmas cartoons on Netflix, and it is a huge reminder of my childhood. I feel very lucky for having amazing parents that made holidays an everlasting positive memory that is instilled in me for life. My girlfriend and I both have talked about holiday traditions our families have done all our life, and it is pleasing to conjoin our holiday traditions to make it as memorable for our kids as it was for us growing up.
The world gets caught up on giving and receiving gifts while I see it completely different. I feel fortunate to have a family to spend the holidays with. I have had a supporting family all my life that will go above, over, and beyond, throughout the year. We have each others backs, in other words. In my eyes we give our gifts throughout the year as needed. My brother and I are the same in these thoughts, so we don't expect much because we are grateful for our family helping us all year not just a couple of days a year when its trending worldwide. I believe it's important to remind the children of the world that we should always have a warm and open heart throughout the year. Give the gift of love!