If I Could Go Back in Time

United States
December 23, 2015 9:51am CST
I'm sitting here this morning feeling a wee bit melancholy I'm usually an upbeat person and maybe the constant dismal days and rain has put a damper (literally) on my cheery mood. I've been reminiscing about Christmas past and when my children were young and how much excitement and anticipation came with the holidays. Now my children are all grown, married and have their own families. They have their own Christmas traditions (some old and some new). But, every year they come to my house and we celebrate together and it's a huge crowd (23 of us). I enjoy having my whole family together but I find we've lost some of the traditions from previous years. I don't know if I've stopped doing a lot of things as I've gotten older or if there are so many of us now that it's difficult to keep the old traditions going. If I could go back in time I'd love to spend another Christmas when my children were young and get to feel all that joy and excitement of a Christmas morning.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 15
I agree, but I suppose losing the excitement is part of getting older.
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• United States
23 Dec 15
I am not sure it has to do with age, it has to do with life. Things change, what was 'popular' years back isn't today.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill Yes, I expect you are right, things inevitably change.
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@T_gray (7900)
• Salina, Kansas
23 Dec 15
I miss a lot of the old traditions from my families past
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• United States
23 Dec 15
I didn't have kids so I have no clue what it must be like. However, life goes on and it goes on differently. Lives changes, people change, traditions change. My husband was used to a huge family gathering on Christmas Eve...big Italian dinner followed by tons of all kinds of food and gift up the wing-wang. this went on from 7 pm to well into the 3 am area of Christmas Day. We never stayed that long and now that we don't go - he doesn't miss it. It was a lot of 'put on' stuff...
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Dec 15
I usually feel this way at least once every Christmas. I really miss those days when my kids were young and would be so excited about opening gifts and Christmas morning.
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@whiteream (3560)
• United States
24 Dec 15
I know how you feel my dear. I wish I could go back and get that again myself.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21012)
• United States
23 Dec 15
I really loved the Christmas season when my son was a child too.
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@amadeo (42321)
• United States
23 Dec 15
Everything old is new again?just saying
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@marlina (57251)
• Canada
23 Dec 15
I sure do miss the excitement when we were kids and had Christmas with our parents and siblings and lots of snow.
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@paigea (19894)
• Canada
23 Dec 15
I am struggling to not feel melancholy about how things used to be. I am trying to embrace the way they are now. I want my great nephew to have a childhood worth looking back on too.
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@BelleStarr (29538)
• Portland, Connecticut
23 Dec 15
My daughter, her husband and the 4 boys they had at the time lived me with through 2 Christmases and it was as close to having my kids back as could be. I loved having them here to open their presents in the morning. It had the magic of Christmas.
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@LadyDuck (109527)
• Switzerland
23 Dec 15
I have no children, so I have not experienced Christmas with kids, but if I could go back in time, I would go back when I was teen and it was so wonderful to spend the Christmas holidays with my parents and my family. I miss those days.
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@PatZAnthony (11760)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Dec 15
Many miss the 'old days' and the traditions they practiced with their family. Things just keep changing, don't they?
@LeaPea2417 (12821)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Dec 15
I totally understand how you feel. I really wish I could go back to Christmas's past when my two sons were around ages 8 and 3. Those were special times.
@Shiva49 (8811)
• Singapore
24 Dec 15
I feel we change over time and markedly in ten years or so due to the different circumstances. With the march of technology people are changing faster and old traditions are no more like they were. I understand your feelings that resonate with me - siva
@just4him (82322)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Dec 15
I think Christmas's long ago were more fun.
@wiLLmaH (8160)
• Singapore, Singapore
24 Dec 15
If I could go back in time, I want to be in a Christmas celebrating with my family & relatives. Those carols, those hot chocolates, those exchange gifts.
@DeborahDiane (14327)
• Laguna Woods, California
24 Dec 15
I understand completely! I always loved Christmas when our kids were young!
@vickyrose (1954)
• Canberra, Australia
24 Dec 15
I must admit that I miss those times when the kids were children. I used to have all the energy to prepare all the food, decorate the house and wrap a whole lot of presents. They are all grown and left the nest.
@Morleyhunt (15033)
• Canada
23 Dec 15
This year I just need more time and less distractions.