As we approach Christmas, I began thinking about Christmases past. Ryan’s first Christmas was quite eventful. Erie was in the midst of the Blizzard of ‘93, and we were picking up my mother and driving to Uncle Joe’s house for Christmas dinner. Typically, it takes 45 minutes to get to his home – on this evening, it took one hour just to get to my mother’s home! There was no visibility, but we forged ahead in hopes that the weather would get better. By the time arrived, there were “No Travel” advisories on every TV station. Rather than risk driving off the road with a newborn baby, we turned around and drove home.
Since that first year, Ryan has experienced every kind of Christmas imaginable. Regardless of the weather, we have been fortunate to spend this special day surrounded by family and good friends.
From the start I encouraged Ryan to think about baby Jesus and the story of the first Christmas. As the wise men brought Jesus three gifts, Ryan would receive three gifts on Christmas. We’ve continued this through the years. ! I have encouraged many to use the story of the three gifts of the magi for their children.
This year his gifts will be a Holiday Valley ski pass, Waldameer/Waterworld pass and golf lessons… but it’s a surprise, so don’t tell him! Just yesterday, Ryan wondered out loud what his three gifts would be.
This year, while it may not be a white Christmas, Ryan is hosting a Jingle & Mingle party for many of his cousins, aunts, and uncles. Ryan is turning out to be quite a party planner! He loves the idea of people coming to his house, choosing the goodies to eat and drink, and being in charge.
It will be a very Merry Christmas – I hope yours is as well!!