Ok so, apparently I hit a nerve with this post: What Christmas Means
I feel I need to clarify a few things and apologize to any I offended. That was not my intent in any way.
Small clarification: "Cris and I were raised very differently when it came to holiday traditions and are having a hard time blending our beliefs" He wasn't raised not believing in Santa. They did the whole Santa and Christmas thing. This is something he has picked up from his mission. I don't understand it but if you have any questions, ask him!
LARGE CLARIFICATION: "As the years have gone on, I can only remember a few, not even a handful of gifts that were given to me for Christmas" I can remember more than a few gifts. This was in no way meaning I didn't like my Christmas's growing up. I loved them and have had a VERY hard time getting over the fact that Cris doesn't believe the same way I do with this. I was posting this to help realize that it isn't all about the gifts. I guess I really worded this wrong and I am sorry. Also, if you are family, you all know I have trouble remembering anything at all from the past so don't take it so seriously if I don't remember your gifts. I only have a handful of memories from age 5 and up so to not remember the gifts given, is in no way meaning I didn't love every one of them.
I remember getting a basketball hoop from my dad. I loved it and it is still sitting in our driveway today. I remember always getting clothes, toys, a doll that you took picture of and she would pose different poses. I remember them when I think about it long and hard but just not off the top of my head.
Again, I am sorry to those I have hurt. I never intended that. I hope that all will be forgiven as we come upon the Christmas Spirit. We all do and say stupid things. Thank goodness for Christ saying "I will forgive whom I will forgive, but it is required of you to forgive ALL men" This means me too!
Oh how I wish there was a way to delete that post from the memories of those who were offended by it. If you know me, I mean REALLY know me, you would know I never want to offend anyone. I am a peacemaker. I hate conflict and I try with all my might to resolve it when I can!