Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Nostalgia

I always feel nostalgic at Christmas. I am not alone because Christmas is filled with images of a "Victorian Christmas" or an "Old-Fashioned Christmas." All the cards and wrapping paper have Victorian images. The house tours and little shops promote an Old-Fashioned Christmas. The songs are all about going home for Christmas and going back to the place we felt safe.

But this Christmas I am more nostalgic than ever. I decided to transfer two reels of 8mm film to DVD. Tears welled in my eyes watching the DVD. Although my mother has been dead for 23 years, watching her in the video filled me with overwhelming emotion. As I watch her holding me as a baby, I can't help the feeling that life as it was is gone. Forever.

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