The Queen of Christmas - my mom

I recently came across a Facebook post that struck a chord with me: "As I've grown up, I've realized that the Christmas magic I felt as a kid was really just my mom working hard because she loved me so much."

At 28 years old, this quote resonates deeply with me. As a kid, Christmas in the Crumrine household was anything but lowkey. My mom devoted hours to baking and decorating our home inside and out. She began shopping well before Halloween, ensuring everyone in our circle was on her list. Thoughtful, often homemade gifts for teachers, Christmas cards sent to over 200 people, and Christmas dress shopping outings were all part of the festive preparations. My mom led several church Christmas pageants and hosted many family gatherings. On top of all of this, she volunteered to help make Christmas magical for other families too.

Reflecting on it now, my mom was truly the queen of Christmas, and she still is.

I recently asked my mom, "Why did you go all out for Christmas when we were kids?" Her response was heartwarming: "I did it because I liked doing it with you. I enjoyed creating new traditions and continuing the ones I learned from Grandma."

It was at that moment I realized that my mom involved us in all of these activities, surely not because we were particularly helpful, but because we were making Christmas memories together.

So to all the moms out there, firstly, you're doing great, and your kids probably see you as the queen of Christmas too. Secondly, in the whirlwind of the Christmas season, remember that the true magic lies not just in the decorations, gifts, and festivities, but in the shared moments and cherished memories you create with your loved ones. Embrace the joy of traditions, both old and new, and know that your efforts are shaping the magical tapestry of your family's holiday experiences.

by Jenny Crumrine