Isn't it strange how something will trigger an old memory? I'm glad I was able to do that for you - and again thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much for sharing your special childhood memory. How wonderful. It's so heart warming!
I've seen this on TV - where parents put the tree up and wrap gifts on Christmas Eve. I wondered if that was really true. It seemed like so much work for one night. You've answered my unasked question. Ppl really did do that.
I wonder if it's still done.
Merry Christmas, I just saw this and wanted to add my favorite memory.
We children would go to bed, my parents would completely decorate the Christmas tree as we slept, they would put out all the Santa gifts.
In the morning, we all put our robes and slippers on (which we never wore any other time) and waited for my Dad to go down and turn on the lights.
We children would go down the steps and enter a children's Christmas Wonderland of color and lights and presents.
It is the most valuable memory I have. My Mom later told me that there were mornings where they would just be getting into bed, after decorating the tree and putting presents together, when we would run to their room so we could go down stairs. I love those memories and appreciate everything they did to make our day so magical.
Thank you for asking. Dee
Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas - Happy Hanukkah!
Whatever your Faith - I wish you all the the Magic of the Season - and the Brightest and Happiest of Festivals and of course, Blessings!
You're Welcome Sherry! Memories warm out souls!
I've given this a lot of thought. It's very difficult for me to select just one memory or tradition. That's a good thing! :o) I've given up in selecting one - I'm sharing a few of my favorite memories.
When I was a little girl - a hundred year ago - my mother would cook a big turkey and make all the trimmings. She made thee best pie crusts I've ever tasted - she did not pass that knack on to her daughter (me). Grandma would come, bearing gifts and long hugs and kisses. We'd open gifts early morning and attend Church services. We laughed, sang and ate.
Grandma made clothes for our dolls. So not only did we usually get a new doll - we received an entire wardrobe - for old and new dolls. There was always a special dress made by Grandma and to be worn only to Sunday School or Church. My Mom sang like a Nightingale so our Holidays we filled with song and music! Mom would say, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" - and we did!
Of course in the years past those early memories I began to hold the family Celebrations - and carry on the traditions. With my marriage came my husband's traditions. He always had Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve - so has become my tradition. In his family Christmas was celebrated on Christmas Eve (nurses work most holidays, his mom and I). My sons heard and participated in making a joyful noise; music and food filled our holidays. We read the Christmas Story (from the Book of Luke) every year - and I use to watch my small sons eagerly await Santa.
I cannot chose a specific great memory, even between my Christmas as a child - or the Christmas traditions we've carried into adulthood. The one theme and always abundant was the celebration of the birth of our Jesus. Our Christmas was filled with the celebration of Christ and family - in yesterdays and today.
If you are not Christian I am sure your Holiday memories and traditions were/are just as special. Unless you are an atheist it's my belief we pray to the same God, we just call Him by different names.
Where ever you are - whatever your beliefs - I wish you Blessings, Peace and Joy!