Friday, December 4, 2009
This week for Flashback Friday, I thought it would be fun to dig around in my photo box and pull out an old picture of me sitting on Santa's lap (hes real, you know). If we're friends on Twitter (if we're not, click the word "Twitter", and lets change that!), you might have seen my tweets about doing a sort of theme (we've been working with themes over at the Mama Dramalogues, a really fun Mom-blog I participate in, and I thought it might be a fun idea to apply to Flashback Fridays- we'll see if it sticks or not) this week.
As a kid, one of the things that I especially loved about Christmas, was getting to dress up. Always getting a new Christmas outfit (every year without fail, I could count on it), whether it having been given to be my Grams (oh how I miss her, what a beautiful woman she was), my Grammy (who I'll be seeing in just two weeks!!), or my parents (3 weeks and I'll be greeting them at the airport!). Having something special to wear around the holidays made me feel special. It made me feel beautiful. Even as a child, beautiful isn't how I would have ever described myself. Its funny how a layer of cotton can affect your overall well being, isn't it?
In the picture, I'm wearing a simple denim skirt, and a long sleeve white tshirt. Its nothing fancy. Its very plain, yet classic. And I felt beautiful. Look at the huge grin on my face. I was sitting on Santa's lap, telling him what I had hoped that he and his elves would magically bring me for Christmas that year, dressed in my very best. Pretty little girls must be good, right? Surely he must have known that I had gotten this new skirt just for him. Surely, he'd see that I was good, and oh so deserving of that new Candy Land board game. I had played it once at a summer camp style daycare at the school, and I just had to have it.
Since I've had kids of my own, its been very important to me that they have special Christmas outfits as well. I'd hope that they feel beautiful all year round, but there is just something about having a brand new skirt and tights to twirl around in beside the lit up Christmas tree, that can instantly warm your heart and put a twinkle in your eye. Well, for us ladies at least (tee hee). I'm not so sure Charlie will feel at all the same about his green sweater vest (baby's first Christmas!!). In the past I've spent a small fortune on finding the perfect dress for my daughter, but after seeing this photograph (thank you so much Aunt Laurie, again, for sending me all of these old memories), I remember that its not what the dress looks like, or how much it costs- its the simple fact of its beautiful existence. Any Christmas outfit, is a special outfit.
Want to play along?? Simply add your link to the list below! You don't have to be a blogger to play, you can use whatever photo hosting or networking site you prefer. Please link from your flashback, back to this flashback, so that we can get more and more Flashbackers each week. This is my favorite post of the week, and I read each and every post that y'all write out and share. So much fun!
Oh, and since I'm testing the waters of flashback themes- next week feel free to post a picture involving holiday decorations. Lights, nativity scenes, trees, whatever you might have. I've got the perfect picture, I can't wait.