It’s the time of year when everything is merry and bright, families are reunited and timeless memories are made. It’s a time we know as the holiday season.
With all of the hustle and bustle it’s hard not to get caught up in the craze of the season and I’ll be the first to admit that it gets the best of me too. Like any other coffee fanatic, I anticipate the “red cup” each year, the twinkling lights and fret over finding the perfect gift. But what’s more important than anything this special time of year, is taking the time to reflect on timeless memories created with loved ones, near and far, and to hold them even closer to your heart.
One of my fondest childhood memories takes me back to Steamboat, Colorado, where each year, my family and seemingly endless amount of cousins, aunts and uncles (my dad has seven brothers!) would gather together and spend the holiday season tucked away in the mountains of Colorado in a cozy, rustic old lodge.
Each morning was like waking up in a winter wonderland. Looking out from the windows you could see the valleys below, lights still twinkling in the dawns cascading light, as the trees glistened with a freshly fallen snow. It was a view taken straight out of a storybook, but one I’m lucky enough to have captured forever. In the meantime, the breakfast hour had already begun stirring itself up in the kitchen as the early risers tended to the daily meal.
Approaching the kitchen you could hear the laughter off in the distance, the chitter chatter of family members recapping their previous day on the slopes and eagerly setting goals for the day’s endeavor.
Upon entering the kitchen, one would be greeted by the aroma of a wood burning fire, crisp bacon sizzling in the pan and fresh coffee filling the air. My grandpa would sit in the corner, with a cheap folger’s brew in hand, dressed in a smile so big it brightened the entire room. Noticing us kids near sleep walking into the room, he’d break out in song, as he did every morning, starting the giggles and blessing the meal.
“Goodmorning to you, goodmorning to you, we’re all in our places with sun shining faces, this is the way, to start a new day!”
Being shy, I’d always turn bright red when he did this, too embarrassed to tune in and sing along. Something that, looking back now, I wish I had done. Grandparents always have a way of touching your heart, even if it’s in the simplest form of a morning blessing, it’s a memory to hold close to your heart and cherish forever.
I could go on and on about the days spent out on the slopes, the sledding tracks we’d spend hours building on the side of the lodge, or the thrill of feeling as if you’re on top of the world atop the mountains looking down at the life below. But, as it’s easy to see, being in Steamboat was special in more ways than one. It allowed a space for my large family to reunite, share our stories, and create timeless memories that linger for generations to come.
This holiday season, I’m spending time re-capturing these special moments in life and gifting classic items with endless style. And in order to do so, I’ve teamed up with JORD watches to bring you classic pieces for those timeless memories to give both him & her.
I encourage you too, to cherish those around you, live in the moment, and gift wholeheartedly with a classic wooden piece from JORD.
In holiday gifting love,
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