I am so excited to be sharing this post with you, as it is a little bit different from all my other posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing posts about crafts, upcycling and furniture but sometimes it is fun to share a little something about myself too.
I have teamed up with Treetopia* to share with you some Christmas Magic ! I hope you will enjoy this post!
Christmas time has always been very special to me. I am originally from Latvia and we celebrate Christmas on the Christmas Eve on 24th December.. We would also only get a Christmas tree a few days before Christmas, which is somewhat different to the UK.
When I was growing up, my mum and dad always made sure we had a beautiful Christmas. My mum would cook the most amazing meal for us and we would all dress up and have our meal together, open the presents, take pictures at the Christmas tree (in a pretty dodgy outfit!) and spend the evening together.
When we were kids, we would normally get only one present each from the parents, my sisters and the grandparents. We would also have to ‘earn‘ the gift by citing a poem, sing a song or do a dance. You didn’t just get a present for nothing! I remember learning different songs and poems to proudly cite them on the Christmas Eve. It made receiving the gift that much more special..
My most memorable Christmas was when I was probably around 6 or 7 years old. It was the first time I started to think that Santa did not exist ( I bet it was my eldest sister who put that idea into my head!). I remember we were getting ready to visit my grandparents a few days before Christmas and all I was thinking about was that we still haven’t had our Christmas tree! Obviously, Santa was not coming this year as he did not exist…
Normally, Santa (aka Dad) brought our Christmas tree and a bag of presents and left them outside. We would get a knock on the door or window and we knew – Santa has arrived! Somehow, that year we didn’t get the knock.. I kept saying that I didn’t believe in Santa. After visiting our grandparents, we came home in the evening. My eldest sister and I used to pretend we fell asleep at the back of the car so our dad would carry us inside.. As I was ‘asleep‘ in the car, mum went out to open the gate and I could hear my mum and dad talking about something on our balcony. I ‘woke up’ immediately of course and run out of the car to have a look! It was very dark, but the snow and the stars lit up our garden and the balcony..
And there it was, deep in the snow the most beautiful Christmas tree and a bag full of presents!!!! I thought to myself – OF COURSE SANTA EXISTS !!!! It was not about the presents or the tree, it was about believing in miracles again.. The way our parents made it special to us that night.. I will never forget that feeling and I wish people nowadays would create beautiful memories, special moments rather than concentrate on the materialistic things.
We all love to gift our families and friends and there is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes the best gift of all is being together! I may not have all of my family this year, but this year is our first Christmas in our new home. It is time to make our own miracles, memories and traditions! Starting with out FIRST ever Christmas tree in our new home!
Sadly my grandparents and my dad are no longer with us. I made these angel wing decorations for our tree to remember all those special people who are sadly no longer with us.
Have a magical Christmas everyone!
*Disclaimer: I received this beautiful Christmas tree from Treetopia free of charge. The stories and views expressed in this post are true and my opinions are not influenced in any way. You can view our full policy here.