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The Joy of Spending Holidays With Family A CHANDER FAMILY CHRISTMAS
There are families that hold off until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, and then there are the chosen few that can’t wait. My mom loves everything about the holidays, and the second Halloween was over, you can bet she had the decorations out, ready to deck the halls. It was always a lot of fun when I was growing up, but when I moved out, I carried the tradition from decorating my dorm room to my own home with my kids.
time together, no matter what. With Shaun off to college this year, it’s even more critical for us to find time as a family. Sometimes
traditions change, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but having them is still important. Others may see them as monotonous, but I see traditions as platforms for caring and affection to flourish. The
You don’t have to be of any particular religious background to appreciate the beauty and meaning of decoration. When you’re a single person out on your own, decorating for the holidays isn’t usually at the forefront of your priority list. Many Christmases were spent at my sister’s. My kids have always been like older siblings to their younger cousins, so they helped with carrying on the Chander Christmas traditions. One year, my kids were on the verge of no longer believing in Santa, and my sister not having a fireplace didn’t help matters. We prepacked the gifts in the trunk of the car and went out to get them while
twins are already stressed while dealing with the college process, and the last thing they want is for holiday customs to burden them further. That is why we stick to the classics: ice skating and a Christmas Day movie. The holidays are often centered on gifts, and while I’ve been fortunate to receive some great ones over the years, the present that sticks out the most is the one my brother and I gave to our dad. We were living at home, and it had to be when I was in eighth or ninth grade. Our garage door opener broke, and I knew it had to be expensive to replace. My brother and I put our heads together, collaborated, and came up with a solution. We started working odd jobs around Halloween, talking to neighbors every
SOMETIMES TRADITIONS CHANGE, AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BUT HAVING THEM IS STILL IMPORTANT. OTHERS MAY SEE THEM AS MONOTONOUS, BUT I SEE TRADITIONS AS PLATFORMS FOR CARING AND AFFECTION TO FLOURISH.”
the kids were downstairs in the basement. I had the bright idea of combating the fireplace theory with some good ol’ fashioned Chander ingenuity. The gifts were in a large bag, and I set it on the front steps. When the time was right, I went outside and rang the doorbell before sneaking back inside. The kids opened the door, and there was Santa’s delivery. I expected my children to be overjoyed, but the random appearance of presents was met with a healthy degree of skepticism.
chance we could to find opportunities. We scrounged up any extra work we could, and after nearly two months, we saved up enough and got a brand-new garage door opener for him. All three of us installed it on Christmas day, and I’ll never forget the effect it had on my dad. I hope you’re able to give meaningful gifts this Christmas, too.
Until next time, eye’ll see you then!
Whether St. Nick is in the picture or not, the holidays are a great time to spend with family. We make it a priority to always share
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