I used to love the holidays. The Christmas tree smelled so good and decorating was such a great family production; we spent hours placing tinsel strand by strand. There were gifts for everyone from everyone; tangible indicators of our mutual love.
I wonder what happened. As everyone grew older we still all looked forward to getting together but the focus on material got a bit overwhelming. There was just too much stuff. I guess we became victims of the not so subtle marketing campaigns that seemed to take over Christmas.