And not just the memories of childhood Christmases with the eager anticipation of Santa, the warm presence of Aunt Molly with her gifts always chosen with such loving care or the beauty of the Latin Mass on Christmas morning and singing carols along with the liturgy.
But also tangible memories that are with us still.
Our Christmas tree is festive with the ornaments Bob's parents made with such care during the first decade of our marriage.
Each of the ornaments, handmade by Bob's parents, now gone many years, come in many varieties.
her life, says a poignant "Goodbye"
And out in the casita, my writing office, that sits in front of our house, Aunt Molly's little fiber-optic Christmas tree that decorated her living room during the last decade of her life is ready to sparkle for all to see once again.
Our lives are filled with traditions and memories from our Christmas photo album:
Aunt Molly, Timmy and I enjoy the holiday together
Gus (l) with his late brother Timmy, Christmas 1998
May your holiday season be filled with warm memories, joy, friends, family and beloved pets and may your hearts be filled with love and peace!