Christmas Memories with Loved OnesLast updated: December 19, 2017
I have many wonderful Christmas memories from my Grandma's house. As I get older, I realize it's these memories, not the presents, that make Christmas such a special time. Food and cookies that magically appeared from the oven and the experiences we had getting to and from Grandma's house are etched in my heart forever. Memories you keep!
I'll never forget one year while visiting Grandma, one of my cousins was insisting that Santa was not real. This disagreement went on all day but I was and still am a believer! That evening with cookies and milk in hand, my Grandma sat us down at the table which for some reason was pushed in front of the kitchen window. There was a lamp on the table shining outside reflecting the snow. Well into the second cookie, my cousin Max was getting quite vocal about no Santa. Suddenly a knock on the window caused every child to lean in to see what or who it was. "Santa!" someone exclaimed. We all could make out a red suit and white bearded Santa right there, outside of that window. We children were all shocked and disbelieving Max was in awe!
With all the excitement, Grandma announced that we should sing Santa a Christmas carol! We all started singing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. Santa clapped his hands and laughed. Then he waved and disappeared into the cold December night. I don't know what I got for Christmas that year but I remember that December evening when Santa stopped by our window so all could believe!
This Christmas, remember it is memories you take with you. Worry less about presents and more about cookies, spending time with your little ones and making memories. Grandma's cookies and that image of Santa outside the window has stayed in my mind for 50 years. Christmas, as I see it, is about kindness and a gentle voice. Give encouragement or a kind word to someone in need of a smile. It will bring Christmas to your heart and memories to last a lifetime.
Merry Christmas from Santa Claus and Dr. Bramlage – I believe!
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.
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