InSPIRITations: Holiday Memories
By Mitzi Reed
Las Vegas Informer
Growing up, I loved the holidays and getting gifts just like every child (and adult). The anticipation was sometimes almost overwhelming and I would always beg to open my presents early. It always seemed to end very fast as we all ripped into our presents to see what was inside them. I think the anticipation was more fun at times than the actual item. I always received at least one exact thing I had asked for.
When thinking back of all the Christmas’s I have celebrated over the years, going on 53 of them now, I must confess that there are so many presents I don’t remember what they were. Not that I didn’t appreciate them or wanted them, it’s just over the years they are either outdated, broken, lost, given away, stashed away or used up so much that they worn out. Some of course I will always cherish and those mostly the ones that were handmade or specifically made for me.
The things I remember most about the holidays were the things that were intangible.
It was the spending time with my family and friends. My dad was not one to put up outside lights and decorations. Heck, he would moan and groan about putting the lights up on the tree inside! But what I remember was he would drive us around the neighborhood to see all the lights on our neighbors’ homes. One year, not too long ago, we went to Cedar City with my daughter who was still young and went around the town enjoying the lights. We saw a real deer walking down the street and my daughter got real excited saying it was a reindeer. Then, as if someone knew exactly what would make it even more special, we saw Santa Claus walking down the street just seconds later. Santa Claus and his reindeer. Oh how my daughter squealed (and we did too) over that one!
I remember drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows. I would make cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Baking cookies and pumpkin pies. My parents attending my school holiday program and then when I became a parent, going to my own children’s programs.
I remember walking in the snow in the woods and fields with my grandad. Our family grew up in the midwest on a farm. That was something I remember about my grandad. He always liked to walk.
There were so many memories that I could write a book. I want to encourage you this year, to stop and really enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. It’s not about the latest electronic gadget, toy, or what kind of good deal you can get. It truly is about spending time with your loved ones, sharing the love and joy and making memories that will last a lifetime.
As I am writing this, I am listening to jazz Christmas music, sipping a cup of hot gingerbread spice tea from Celestial Seasonings and reminiscing about all the good times I had with my family and loved ones and how I can create some memories this year.
If you are in Vegas, there are plenty of things to do that are free and will get you in the Holiday spirit. I love Bellagio, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Sams’s Town, and for a small fee that helps a charity, Opportunity Village is a wonderful experience.
And, here’s an event that we are hosting. Hope to see you there.
ASPIRE Conferences, llc
2013 HOLIDAY MIXER
December 14th 4 pm-7pm
at GULTENDYE Creative Playground
6539 Las Vegas Blvd. So. Ste x-112 in Town Square
Complimentary Admission if you bring a nonperishable food item for local food bank or $5.00 admission
Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com.