Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Memories

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When I was a child my mother hung Christmas stockings for my sister and for me. Now these were nothing like the stockings you see today. Ours were Mom's nylon hose. She put an apple, an orange, ribbon candy, and other goodies inside. Those nylon stockings stretched and held quite a bit. We didn't have candy all through the year, so this was a special treat. We also didn't have a fireplace with a mantle so she simply put the stockings on top of the old upright piano. This is one of my favorite memories of Christmas.

Do you have a special memory you'd like to share of Christmas or of the holiday you celebrate? If so, we'd love to hear it.

Have a nice weekend. Happy reading and writing.

16 comments:

  1. My favorite Christmases have been recent,I think. My husband and I go to midnight mass then have lunch somewhere nice the next day.
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  2. Going to midnight mass with your husband, Beth, and then a nice lunch sounds like wonderful memories for many years to come. Thanks.

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  3. What a comforting memory. :-)
    Very creative mother.

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  4. I recall one year, where we decided to open presents the night before Christmas. We felt so gleefully free of conventions, but it was a disappointment the next morning... not recommended! One of the best memories was when my brother and I helped a man who was stuck in the snow during a blizzard!

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  5. LOL, Catherine. There's nothing like waking up on Christmas morning to see what's under the tree. Your helping the man caught in the blizzard reminds me of last year. Our area had a record snowfall. 17+ inches. The highways were impassable and many travelers going home for the holidays were stranded. I've never seen such a pouring out of love. Families took travelers into their homes. The churches opened their doors and provided shelter as well as food. I'm thinking the snow happened to remind us that Christmas is a time of love, not how many gifts we receive.

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  6. What a wonderful Christmas memory, Beverly. Thanks for sharing it. I have wonderful memories of church Christmas pagents, singing in the youth choir, baking cookies, visiting grandparents, Christmas parades, I could just go on and on.
    : )

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  7. I love the pageants at church, Susanne. Our children are practicing for their program in a couple of weeks. When my boys were home and then the grandkids came along, we made Christmas tree cookies. The kids put the icing and sprinkles on them, the ones they didn't eat. :)

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  8. We had one of those ancient fake Christmas trees where you put each branch into the post in the middle and they were color coded. They only fit into their proper color coded row, and after a while the colors faded away. It took us forever to get that tree up, but we didn't care. It was great family time.
    Also we used to drive around just to look at all the brightly lit houses. It was one of my favorite things to do. It always made me feel the Christmas spirit even more.

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  9. Hey, Kelly. That's my tree. :)

    Oh, yes, the decorated homes are gorgeous. There was a house in Wichita Falls that covered their front yard with beautiful scenes. Miles of cars would drive by and stop so we could oohh and aahh. The university now displays the scenes and they add something new to them every year. It really puts you in the spirit of Christmas.

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  10. My mom used to hide our Christmas stockings around the house for my brothers and sister to search for. Just to prolong the fun.

    (Or she simply got Easter and Christmas mixed up. Could have been that...)

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  11. LOL. You are so funny, Darby.

    Either way, it sounds like fun.

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  12. I always received a gift from a wonderful family friend and that was the gift I was allowed to open Christmas Eve. Somehow this person always knew what to send as I grew up, even though we seldom saw each other. Every year I looked forward to her package.

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  13. What a special friend you had, C Lee. Some people are just nice. :)

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  14. What a nice Christmas memory, Beverly. I don't remember having stockings hung when we were children. I remember decorating the Christmas tree with all the icicles and the nuts and chocolate ball candy we had at Christmas time. When my oldest son was only 3 yrs old, he had to get glasses. His eyesight was very bad, but we didn't know it. It was in December and when he saw the lit up Christmas tree for the first time with his glasses on, it excited him so much. I guess before it was all kinda blurry to him. I will always remember the look of excitement in his eyes.

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  15. That is a beautiful story, Janet. A whole new world opened up to your son with his glasses. I remember what a difference my glasses made when I started wearing them in 5th grade. I saw flowers in the wallpaper I'd never seen before. Glassas are an amazing invention.

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