Searching for a Way to Make Lasting Holiday Memories? Just Add Dinosaurs … by Robin Trimingham
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” Dr. Seuss
Dear Holly, let me start by congratulating you on one of the greatest holiday images I have ever seen, and offer up my humble apologies for poaching your image for this article. They say that an image speaks a thousand words and yours has really captivated me.
People place so much pressure on themselves to provide the best ever holiday experience and there is such a long list of impossible things that we are supposed to coordinate in order to create “the perfect Christmas”, that it was very refreshing to see someone apply a unique sense of style and humor to a common holiday mishap.
As you seem to have had the plastic dinosaurs around the house I can only assume that your son squealed with glee at the idea of an Allosaurus rampaging across an icing covered lawn to make off with a slab of the roof. A little gruesome to be sure, but just the sort of thing to capture the imagination of a young boy, and far more memorable than your typical ho-hum gingerbread house I’ll wager.
I predict in years to come when many a fancy toy has fallen by the wayside, you will still hear your son repeat “Hey mom, remember the year the dinosaurs trashed the gingerbread house?”
Oh, the stuff that holiday memories are made of!
Of all the delicious holiday meals that my mother prepared, why is it that the one that stands out the most in my mind is the year that my grandmother opened the connecting door from the dining room to the kitchen at the exact moment that the aluminum foil pan that my father was holding, containing a fully cooked 20 lb. turkey buckled under the excessive weight and launching said bird across the floor toward her feet like a baseball player sliding into third base?
Was she fazed by this unexpected incident?
Not in the least. Without pausing for an instant, she did what any good mother-in-law would do; she calmly turned on her heel and returned to the living room as if the whole thing had never taken place. My poor parents could not decide whether to laugh or cry – but the bird was delicious and the incident still makes me giggle when I think of it.
So this year instead of trying to be perfect, go ahead and do something memorable or silly – let your grandkids decorate the tree, add a drop of green food coloring to the milk carton in the fridge or leave popcorn on the front lawn for the reindeer. It might seem a little crazy to you, but your family will remember it fondly for years and years to come.
By Robin Trimingham