Father Christmas

by Renee on December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas eve, dear blog followers. I’m enjoying a quiet morning by the light of our Christmas tree before the festivities of the day get underway.

Christmas comes with wishes, and mine always include health and happiness for those I know and love. I also wish for a few impossible things, because we all keep those kinds of wishes in our hearts, in spite of the truth of knowing they won’t come true.

At Christmas, I wish my adoptive father, Bob Mills, was still here with us. He was a man who kept Christmas in his heart year ’round, and expressed it joyously and lovingly to his family and friends every day. He was a Christmas lover who went all-out decorating the house, and cooking, and cranking up holiday music and cheer every December. We traditionally watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” together, and I would catch him misty-eyed at the end every time. Dad also loved “A Christmas Story”–it came out just a few years before he died–he would watch it and reminisce about his own Christmas childhood in Cleveland (where the movie was filmed); peeking into the windows of Higbee’s Department Store on Public Square, waiting for Santa to bring one or two small gifts. Those movies make me teary today for both their messages and their memories.

This blog is called “The Brewer’s Daughter”–and while I am Jack McAuliffe’s daughter, I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up with him–it’s my road not taken. We’ve still never spent a Christmas together. Perhaps there’s at least one ahead of us in the future–time and circumstance haven’t made that possible quite yet, but it’s a wish I hope does someday come true.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to chatting with Jack later today, to be sure he got the gift basket of craft beers and goodies I sent his way, and just to hear the cheery smile in his voice over the miles. We are planning to get together in March, with my Aunt Cathy, his sister; and that will be a holiday on its own.

So here’s to Father Christmas. If you see yours today, give him a big hug for me. Merry Christmas to you all!

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Aunt Cathy December 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

We’ll have Christmas in March!

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Sandy Scott December 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Renee, It’s Christmas morning and I am busy being late for dinner, delivering presents, calling, visiting and everything else I traditionally do. While I didn’t have time to read the Father Christmas blog you wrote. I did anyway…Boy, am I glad I did! What an excellent article–for both the message and the meaning behind it. I have been blessed to have a Dad and Mom who hosts Christmas at their house for 62 years! Thank you for reminding me what a treasure they are and for sharing your story! Merry Christmas!

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Renee December 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Thank you, and Merry Christmas, Sandy, to you and yours! I am blessed to have had two wonderful fathers in my life, as well as very special father-in-laws. Enjoy your family today!

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