Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Making Memories

My dear friend Katie always takes loads of pictures of every family outing and vacation and declares with every snapshot, “We are making memories.” This year, I have taken her motto to heart as I have been busily making a Christmas of memories for my children. It is my knee jerk reaction to my friend’s recent cancer diagnosis and my brother in laws death. I think that I went a little overboard though.

It started with the weekend after Thanksgiving. My mom, dad, and my family went to see a staged production of “White Christmas.” We dressed up and went downtown on a Sunday night to see the spectacular musical. Bridget was mesmerized and I spent half the time looking at the joy in her face as the actors sang and danced for hours. Luke, of course, was more worried about the snacks that were available at intermission but he really enjoyed it too.

The next weekend we took the children downtown to see “The Dickens Village” and “The Light Show” at Macy’s. It is in the Old Wannamaker building in Philadelphia which is a gorgeous old department store. We shopped a little bit and then had dinner in a family restaurant.

Then I decided to have a big Christmas party. I hadn’t had a party since the children were very small and this year I decided it was time to open our house to all of our friends and neighbors in Philadelphia. I shopped and cooked for the days preceding the get together in order to be prepared. Then on Sunday afternoon we greeted about ninety of our closest friends for a few hours of merry making. It was a success and parents and children alike enjoyed the festivities.

I recuperated Monday and Tuesday we did our “family shopping night” which has always been a Christmas tradition. I was still a little tired and feeling that I had done pretty well at “making memories” but there was still more to come.

Thursday, I took Bridget to see “the Nutcracker” at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The building alone is stunning but then to have the entrancing ballet to delight us for two hours just made the day perfect. When I asked Bridget if she liked it she succinctly described the entire experience by saying, “It is beautiful Mommy.” She hugged me and kissed me repeatedly throughout the performance much to my delight.

Christmas Eve was spent with our friends at their home, a tradition that began when we moved to Philadelphia five years ago. Then Christmas arrived with the plethora of presents and both children declared that it was their best Christmas ever. I felt enormous satisfaction.

After morning coffee and clean up we hopped in the car and went to my husband’s family’s home for Christmas Day. We enjoyed a buffet dinner at my in law’s country club and then prepared to drive to my parent’s home in Virginia for yet another celebration.

Last night we had Christmas again with my mom and dad. We opened poppers and put on our crowns as we each recited our fortune embedded inside. The children sang, danced and read stories for us.

It was a wonderful Christmas and we made many memories this year. As I watched the children enjoy their holiday in so many ways I felt a sense of accomplishment. They will remember this Christmas always. The only problem I have now is repeating the performance next year and quite frankly, I am exhausted!!!


Chez said...

Hello stranger. So you have become the 'Merry, Memory Maker!' And what a job you have done of it. After the trauma of your health concerns I cannot believe what you have achieved. You have set a precident now Jeanne and there will be great excitement as you prepare for each year. You have done great vand wonderous things my friend and the children are, no doubt, still smiling. Love and light xo

Jeanne Marren Egan said...

Thanks so much. I have indeed been the Merry Memory Maker this year. What a great title and one that I am honored to have. My surgery is scheduled for January 12so in light of that, my excess may seem understandable(kind of). I just want this round to be less excruciating for them. Of course the bottom line is that it is not cancer so there won't be the aftermath of chemo so hopefully they will do well. Unfortunately I have set the bar high for myself so I will definitely have to figure out a new twist for next year!! Much love,