Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Memories

It would be impossible for me to go through the Christmas season without thinking of my amazing mother. She always made Christmas wonderful, my favorite time of the year. I'll never forget baking and decorating Christmas cookies with her, or giggling while I helped wrap Catie and Daddy's presents.

This time of year brings back such fond memories of my childhood. I will never forget the year my parents stayed up until 5:30 in the morning putting together my Barbie Dream House (I was 7). They were so excited, and completely exhausted, as I opened it and shrieked with delight a half hour later. Mom and her sister Wanda then proceeded to prank call all of their brothers with the talking Barbie that went with the house.

I remember curling up in her lap every year, even when I was waaaay too big, and reading our pop-up version of "T'was The Night Before Christmas" and then listening in awe as she and Dad read Luke 2 and we put baby Jesus in the manger. Even the years she was sick, she still spent months shopping for the perfect gifts for us, and always got up early to cook. I am so glad that as I got a little older I got out of bed a little early and helped her make Christmas Breakfast. Those memories are some of the many that I will always cherish. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful mother.

I am so grateful for this time of year. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to spend the season focusing on Christ. Through Him, I can be with my mother again.

"What all of us long for in our hearts, at Christmastime and always, is to feel bound together in love with the sweet assurance that it can last forever. This is the promise of eternal life, which God has called His greatest gift to His children. That is made possible by the gifts to us of His Beloved Son: the Savior’s birth, Atonement, and Resurrection. It is through the Savior’s life and mission that we have the assurance that we can be together in love and live forever in families.

Even in this life we can have an assurance of the coming of that day and feel some of the joys we will know when at last we arrive home. The celebration of the Savior’s birth at Christmas gives us special opportunities to experience those joys in this life."

-Elder Henry B. Eyring
"Home For Christmas, Liahona Dec. 2009"

"Home For Christmas" was taken from the First Presidency Message in the Liahona Magazine for December 2009. For more information on this article or on the Latter-Day Saint faith, please visit


  1. I love how hard they worked to make their girls happy. That is so sweet. :) Love the prank calls from Barbie too...What a wonderful woman. While I'm sad that I didnt get to meet her before she passed, I know I'll get to meet her one day. :) xo

  2. I found your blog and I love it! Hope you are doing well!
    <3 Ashley Burton


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