"One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six."
~ A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas*
The season stimulates memories in the form of anecdotes, conversations, and relationships. Events turn over and over in the heart and mind. Will the memory fulfill itself in the events of the moment? Will those who have left return home to celebrate?
What do you wish for to complete your holiday celebration? Would you request a return from a deceased relative for the day? Will you return to a childlike self for the festivities?
Do you require a day of youthful pleasures? Do you recall when someone told you about Santa Claus? How might you transport yourself in words over the miles and years?
Bring memories to the fireside and write.
"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!" ~ Charles Dickens.
*Full Dylan Thomas text: http://www.bfsmedia.com/MAS/Dylan/Christmas.html