Christmas of Years Past

While getting ready for the Christmas season, I just can’t help but reminisce about all those Christmas’ past:

The first thing I like to do in early December is set up my Christmas Village (now known as the Winter Village as it stays up till March) that Taylor got me one year about 16 years ago.  I still have the same mirror a.k.a. skating pond and have added several “figures” over the years like my favourites:  the Woman hanging the wash on the line with real mini cloth sheets….and the men chopping wood (I made a woodpile from my apple tree branches, glued together )…..and my bonfire made from stones from the driveway glued with crepe paper flames…

I think about my gifting that actually begins long before the Christmas “shopping frenzy” -I’m not a big fan of shopping malls and stores at the best of times.  My kids have commented over the years that I can come up with the best gifts not found in any mall worldwide -like the photo album I compiled for Kristi with every picture I had of her……

I think about the kids when they were little wee ones and how excited they got about the Christmas tree and even the boxes the gifts came in -I think one of Marty’s favourite presents was a huge box we scored from BiWay and turned into a fort by cutting out windows and doors……

I think about cutting the Christmas tree.  I especially like a fresh cut tree, but I’ve found that many of the Christmas tree farms have gone all “cityfied” with sleigh rides, bonfires, and even gift shops!!  But a few years ago, we discovered a REAL Christmas tree farm that sells…..cut your own Christmas trees!!   And it feels like you are really out in the back forty cutting your tree……well I think Darin actually was last year, but that’s another story.

I think about all the Christmas movies we’ve collected over the years like Chip and Dale; Hughie, Louie, Dewie, and Uncle Donald Duck; Mickey Christmas Carol; A Mom for Christmas; The Grinch, of course (baby grinch -Livi’s name for the original Dr. Suess’ AND the hilarious Jim Carey grinch); Garfield; etc. and my favourite of all time, The Muppet Family Christmas.  We start watching them at the beginning of December since it takes all month to get through them all.  It warms my heart to see my grandchildren watching and loving them now too.

I think about the baking:  Chocolate Cocoanut Macaroons (Amanda’s favourite), Hello Dollies, Peanut Brittle, Nanaimo Bars,  Rice Krispie Squares, Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters, and of course the Cherry Cheesecake.

I think about how I LOVE the family getting together on Christmas Day.  I truly miss my children who live far away and don’t make it back for Christmas, but you are still here….in spirit and the echoes of all those Christmas’ past that live in the walls of this house.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 19:28:08

    Mmmm Chocolate Macaroons!!!!!!! I want some now. Yummy!

    Reply

  2. Rod
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:08:05

    Beautiful story. Almost makes me want to start decorating for Xmas.

    Reply

  3. Kristi
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 20:43:13

    Love the Christmas memories! I already miss the Christmas village and the movies. We’ll have to get caught up on our next family supper!

    That photo album is my favourite!

    Thanks mom – for making Christmas so special!

    Reply

  4. Maureen Sinclair
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 19:41:10

    Beautiful Linda, I love reading your Blog.Your a special lady in my eyes.

    Reply

  5. grammomsblog
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 20:41:38

    Thanks everyone! @ Kristi: I enjoyed making that photo album for you just as much as you enjoy looking at it! @Maureen: you’re so sweet. @Rod: I hope you’ve started decorating by now. @Amanda: all the ingredients are just waiting to create those yummies next week.

    Reply

  6. grammomsblog
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 08:52:33

    Reblogged this on Grammomsblog and commented:

    Grammomsblog’s 2nd Anniversary! To celebrate 2 years, 138 posts, and 7,873 viewers on Grammomsblog, I’m re-printing my very first blog:

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  7. Wild_E
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 18:28:43

    Love your post on your Christmas!

    Similar memories but those days are long gone now, all my Grandparents are gone along with the social gatherings that were centered around them. Sadly the family as well as extended families are far spread apart now, in more ways than one.

    Memories made in years gone by, to be used this Christmas to shut out the sordid state of affairs that will surely be that day very soon.

    I smile and live your happy Christmas vicariously, thank you.

    Reply

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