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2 Publisher COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM DECEMBER 2015 We all have to get older. Not much choice in that one. As we do, life’s changes and curve balls can really take the wind out of our sails, especially during the holiday season. Parents die, relationships end, and kids get older way too fast. I remember being about 8 years old, lying in bed with my little sister on Christmas Eve, unable to sleep in anticipation of what Santa would leave us under the tree. I remember us giggling quietly as we contemplated how he was going to get into our house because we didn’t have a fireplace. Fast-forward 40 years. Wow, things are different. Grandparents and parents have passed away, marriages have ended and no one in the family wants Barbie dolls and Legos anymore! Nothing is the same. How do we orchestrate the holiday season now if so much of our life has changed? I know there are probably many different ways, but I believe one is vital. Traditions. On our Facebook page we asked readers to relay some of their favorite holiday traditions, and we have shared some of them with you on page 10. As I read them I could almost feel the excitement, warmth and love that will be in those homes this year. You can view all of them on Facebook, and — who knows? — you might find one or two you would like to start with your family. In mine we have several traditions, but the one that stands out is stockings at Grandma’s house. Every year my mom worked hard to seek out stocking stuffers that were special to each of her eight grandchildren. As the years marched on, it was fun to see what she came up with, especially for teenage boys. She would work at it for weeks, each grandchild’s pile laid out on her guestroom bed so she could keep track of the trinkets. She wouldn’t stop until each of them had the same number of goodies in their sock. On Christmas Eve we all gathered at her house, and even though there were other gifts under the tree, all we heard was, “When can we open our stockings?!” She would say, “Not until every one of you has eaten dinner,” which usually meant the older kids dragging the youngest one to the table and forcing him to hurry up and eat. And the neat thing is, nothing in there was extravagant. It was more about the thought that went into each stocking. Last year was the first Christmas without my mom and the first without those stockings. Nothing was the same. Now that we are facing our second Christmas without our mother, and our kids’ without their grandmother, my sister and I have decided that although Mom is no longer with us, we need to continue the tradition she started. It will be a special way of honoring her and keeping her memory alive, ensuring that future holidays will always “feel like” Christmas. I wish all of you much love and happiness this holiday season. COMMUNITY PAPER Sharing the good news happening in the community since1989 Debbie Goetz Teresa Bruce, David Karch, Lindsay Chamberlin, Kellie Rae Parkin, Karima Lanfranco Jasmyne Reese Kellie Rae Parkin If you have news you would like to share with your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org For rates, deadlines and specifications, please email email@example.com All submissions become the property of College Park Paper, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without permission of publisher. All advertisements, announcements and articles submitted are subject to refusal or editing at publisher’s discretion. ©2015 P.O . Box 547263 Orlando, FL 32854 321-236-7455 collegeparkpaper.com My nephew Gunnar agrees with all of his cousins that stock- ing’s at Grandma’s house was one of those things that made Christmas feel like Christmas.