Submitted by reeve Kathy Rooyakkers
County of Wetaskiwin
Thinking back over the years I have so many great memories of Christmas, but one memory stands out.
When my kids were small my husband took them shopping to pick out a Christmas present for me. My son was only four that year and he was so excited he picked out a small trinket for me and asked to wrap it by himself.
On Christmas morning, all excited, he wanted me to open that present from him first. With my husband videotaping I began to unwrap a very odd shaped present. There was as much tape as wrapping paper.
As I unwrapped the present I noticed it was a large soup can stuffed with newspaper. I reached in to pull the paper from inside of the can and a sharp edge from the can sliced my finger open. We had to stop and clean up my finger before carrying on. My son was disappointed that I got hurt, but I assured him that his gift was so special and by my finger getting cut I would never forget it.
Today I still have that special trinket. As you and your families gather this Christmas I hope you take time to make special memories and cherish the time you have together. Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for a new year.