Making a permanent impression since 1994
December 6, 2004
-- First-person --
Young love at Christmas
By Monica Gleberman
When I was little, I knew what made December so special.
It wasnít because it snowed, or even because itís the
month I was born. Itís because during December all of the houses on my block
are decorated with lights and I know thatís a sign that Christmas is near.
Growing up, my parents were amazing when it came to
Christmas. I lived in a house where Santa ate all the cookies, drank the milk we
left out, and, for some reason, in the morning he would leave presents that both
my parents knew about.
My parents were always willing to help my brother and I
stay up late at night waiting for Santa. Eventually we would fall asleep,
leaving my parents to work.
I am not new to Christmas. I have been celebrating it as
long as I can remember. Some of my best memories of home involve this holiday.
Every single year is basically the same. We always decorate
the tree, help my mom out with cooking an awesome Christmas dinner, talk to my
extended family, and then go to sleep in hope that morning will come a lot
sooner than I think it will.
However, this year isnít going to be like the last. I am
a lot older and I now have a boyfriend.
He grew up in a small home where holidays werenít
anything big. Christmas was never special, and the sight of December just made
him realize that another year had passed.
But this year I invited him over for Christmas. I told him
that things were going to be so much better if he came over.
There would be presents and good food. He finally agreed
and Iím planning a huge surprise.
Iím going to take him downtown where there is a Christmas
play and people in character costumes who walk up and talk with you. I have tons
of presents to give him.
Iím hoping to make this the best Christmas and show him
everything heís been missing. I almost feel like this is my first-ever
Christmas because I am starting a new tradition by having my boyfriend over.
Iím hoping to share a lot of my family traditions with
It should be an amazing Christmas.
I hope I change his mind and he thinks he should celebrate
Christmas all the time. I hope he enjoys it because I want to bring him into a
new tradition of celebrating the holidays Ė and into the spirit of Santa.
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