My memories of my familia have stayed and will stay with me forever. I think this is the main reason why I feel like making memories with my boys today is extremely important. Memories are what follow you throughout your life and mine resurface even more so now during the holiday season. During this time of year, I remember the way my parents fostered my imagination as I believed in Santa and embraced all of the innocence the holiday contained. I would prepare by writing Santa a letter and mailing a copy to him at the North Pole but also giving my mother the original so she could go and speak to him about how I was doing throughout the year and what gifts I might deserve.
Our home had a special aroma of the holidays and coquito (an eggnog- like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico) was on deck. My parents worked together to prepare the drink that smelled so sweet and delicious but yet I wasn’t able to drink it until I was of age, of course. It really set the tone for the holidays for me along with listening to Frank Sinatra in the background as I hung out with my dad on our sofa and appreciated the carols filling the air.
We would often take that night to decorate our home and the tree as well. There was nothing better than running to Sears to pick up whatever we needed during that time of year for the decoration process at our house. My mom, sister and I would often run to Kings Plaza mall and pick up my dad’s Christmas gift, usually something from the tools section. He was a mechanic and he was a HUGE Craftsmen Tools fan. Whether it be for a wrench for dad, or any other items needed to complete the requests of others, Sears was our go-to place.
Sears always felt like the “Family Go-To Place” to me mainly because they have everything and anything for our family members. Our shopping was so much easier at Sears because we knew what we wanted, what we needed and just where to get it. We would run out to purchase a home décor item like those stair runners or the right tool at Sears and come right back to finish our decorating as a family. Sears always seemed to keep our familia together….just the way we like it! Simple memories like trips to Sears and having them be a part of our holiday experience really sticks with me. They are memories that I create now with my children and are a part of our gifting tradition!