Tuesday, December 13, 2011


As we get older and the holidays grew closer there's a tendency to reminisce about the past. So, I'll ask your patience while I remember Christmases that make me smile.

As the kids grew older themselves, devising a way to keep them from guessing what they were getting for Christmas became a challenge. I came up with a code which I hid. Each package had a letter which corresponded to a name on my list. Little did I know that code and list was useless, because several years ago the oldest admitted, they'd slit the scotch tape and peek. Lesson number one - don't try to out smart your kids.

We lived in the north of the US and often had snow long before Christmas, a lot of snow.
We also cut down our own Christmas tree, so that meant bundling the kids up and tromping through cold, wet snow to find the 'perfect' tree. It also meant hot chocolate with marshmallows after we got home. I'll have to comment here. The 'perfect' tree was always bad on side, leaned in one direction or another or was too tall and had to be trimmed to fit in the living room where it held the place of honor for several weeks. Lesson number two - It's the little things the kids remember. They still talk about cutting down the Christmas tree and the hot chocolate I made.

Then there was the midnight Christmas snacks that were a tradition in our house. After midnight mass, we came home to wake the kids because Santa had come while we were at Church. We'd enjoy a late snack while the kids attacked the gifts. Cheeses, crackers, dips, lunch meats and lots of the cookies and candies we'd made to shared with the neighbors. The kids would open their gifts and then hit the table to feast mainly on the cookies and candies. While we went to bed, they played all night with their new toys. Lesson number three - there really is such a thing as a sugar high.

It a bit early, but may each of you make the kind of Christmas memories that will make you smile as you grow older. Have a wonderful Holiday and a blest new year.


Rita Bay said...

Hey Allison, Lovely post. We'd have shrimp creole for Chrismas Eve with my parents,open presents, then up the country for Christmas with hubby's family and a houseful of folks. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Rita Bay

Franz X Beisser said...

Wonderful memories.
We have a tradition (for the 12 grandchildren) to place their presents in a pillowcase. It removes the hassle of wrapping each little present. Each "sack" has the child's name on it. They are piled under the tree, tied shut with a red ribbon. We gather on Christmas eve. It is a great time of excitement. The little ones practically crawl into their sack.
Have a blessed Christmas!