Christmas can be a wonderful time for families to create new memories and uphold past traditions. This can create warmth and nostalgia as people look back with fondness. This week at Imagine Hope we are sharing some our Christmas memories. As you read our memories, we hope you will revisit some of your own and feel a positive connection to your past. As I was thinking about my favorite Christmas memory, I had trouble narrowing it down to one. Christmas has been a magical experience for me throughout life. Growing up my mom and I loved decorating for Christmas. It was “our thing”. The day after Thanksgiving we would wake up early and get started. We put up 13 lit Christmas trees inside our house ranging in size from 2 feet to 10 feet. (Yes it was excessive- I know!) Each tree had a different theme. It was time consuming and took us the whole day, but we were very organized and worked well as a team. As we listened to our favorite Christmas CD’s, we carefully hung ornaments that told a story from the past. As we finished our decorating, we ordered carryout from Olive Garden and sat down to eat and relax while watching the classic Bing Crosby movie “White Christmas”- it is still one of my favorites to this day. Even now as an adult I enjoy the process of decorating and sharing the experience with my children. (In case anyone is wondering- I only have one tree!) I smile and feel internal joy every time I see Christmas decorations and twinkling lights. I get lost in the magical fairytale it creates. Regardless of the turmoil I was facing as a child, there was always peace in sitting and looking at one of our many Christmas trees. Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.