The Greatest Gift by Solveig Werner | Advent 2018 Day 20

What is the most amazing Christmas gift that you ever received?

Here is the story of mine.

Today, twenty-five years ago, I went into my parents’ bedroom and did not find who I was looking for. My neighbour was sleeping in my parent’s bed. Something was up.

The memory of a small baby in a hospital baby crib bed flashes through my mind as I write this.

My parents had given me an early Christmas present, a baby sister, my own Christkind!

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Advent Calendar Day 10: Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon

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Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon

My only siblings are far older than I—my oldest brother is a full 12 years older than I, while my other brother is 8 years older than I—and had stopped believing in Santa Clause by the time I was born, but they played along with great effect. It was only as an adult that I considered the ways that our Christmas Eve sleepovers prolonged the magic for all of us.

Christmas Eve always started at my paternal grandmother’s house. She lived in the same town we did, and much of our extended family lived close-by. My aunts and uncles, cousins, parents, and brothers would all be there, and we’d have dinner together before exchanging gifts. The house was always full—sometimes there would be upwards of 20 people packed into her home; it was the only time the family all got together, really, and there were a lot of us. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 10: Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon”