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Christmas Moments

BY: Kate Minnich Published: December 1, 2015 12:00 AM

The holiday season often inspires memories from Christmas' past and hope for the event just around the corner. Some visions are surrounded by the warm golden halo of youth while others are moments just down the lane. While the chores still have to be finished and the alarm clock still rings, our thoughts have a transformative way to them that not even the Furniture Heartland stores can escape.

Erin Beachy of the Troyer Furniture Company finds her mind wandering back to the many years she spent Christmas Eve at her grandma's house. Every year Erin and her cousins would spend the night watching movies such as The Sound of Music and Anne of Green Gables. Now that Erin and her cousins are all older it is harder to get together, but at Christmas, when all 28 first cousins are able to attend, the event is always memorable.

For others, the memories of the past don't hold sway over the memories being made through current family traditions and gatherings. The childhood memories Leon Swartzentruber of Green Acres recalls the sense of family and the feeling of good food filling his stomach. For Leon, Christmas Eve with his wife and children has become his first thought when the holidays arise. Leaving work early, the day is celebrated by a big meal composed of all the children's favorite foods. After dinner the children are given their gifts, and even though it may approach their usual bedtime, they are allowed to stay up until they cannot keep their eyes from drooping.

Traveling for the holidays often feels inevitable especially as families grow older and move further from home. Galen Swartzentruber of Walnut Creek Furniture revels in his family's tradition of being home on Christmas Day. The feat is accomplished by celebrating with his side of the extended family before Christmas and his wife's side of the family on Christmas Eve. Then when the actual day of Christmas arrives, Galen is able to spend the time in his own home surrounded by his wife and children. A big meal is prepared, presents are opened, but the family doesn't have to travel and can simply enjoy each other's company.

Codi Mast of Homestead Furniture has few memories of white Christmas', for she was fortunate enough to have grandparents who wintered in the south. While it isn't the Hallmark Christmas card of snow-capped hills, Codi has fond members of gag gifts lying beneath orange trees and time spent walking outside in the warm air. Time well spent with family and full of laughter.

Christmas brings with it all the joys and woes of the season as thoughts turn toward a new year. Celebrating Christmas is unique to each family and individual, but the familiar yearning to be among family is always present. If time allows stop out at the Heartland Furniture stores, wish them a Merry Christmas and remember, there is no better Christmas than those spent surrounded by loved ones.


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