It's funny how things change over the years
and yet they stay the same.
We've had a Holiday tradition in our house
for so many years now that I can't tell you when it even began.
It started before our oldest was even in school,
and now he's grown and no longer lives at home.
Christmas Eve is a time of magic and anticipation.
The first time I laid eyes on
Polar Express book,
I was thoroughly enchanted.
To me this book defines the childlike view of Christmas.
The fascination and curiosity.
It holds wonder and amazement within it's pages,
with the most eye pleasing,
slightly feathery looking illustrations.
So every Christmas Eve before bed we have read this book as a family.
The ritual has changed over the years.
The pages have become slightly yellowed and softer
from the excited fingers that have
turned the pages many, many times.
In the beginning before the kids could read, we did all the reading.
Then as they got older they would read a word or maybe a line.
Then as they got a little older still, they would tackle a whole page.
Slowly, tripping over words, their little fingers following underneath,
looking up at us for help when they
just couldn't sound something out.
We take turns.
We pass the book to the next reader as we finish our page.
Everyone is quiet as the others are reading.
They wait with baited breath
for the the book to be placed in their hands.
I love the hush that falls over our house.
Then when it's done,
the chatter emerges.
"You still believe right?"
"I heard the bell ringing, didn't you?"
It makes my heart smile.
We end our evening with
"hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars."
So with tummies full of chocolatey goodness,
and their heads dancing with dreams
of Christmas marvels, they drift off to sleep.
And the book?
It gets put back on the shelf,
anxiously awaiting it's voyage next Christmas Eve.
|The Bell Still Rings For Me|
I'd like to take a moment to thank those of you
that take time out of your day to stop by and visit,
those that leave comments, send me convos or emails.
I have met some great people out here in "blogland",
and made some lovely "bloggy" friends.
So to each and everyone of you and your families,
have a wonderful Holiday season!