Christmas Memory # 7 – Whirlwind Eve

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Christmas Memory # 7 – Whirlwind Eve Click to view

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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I’ll call this one Whirlwind Eve. That’s because it was Christmas Eve, and I was in a whirlwind of activity.

When you’re still just kind of starting out, trying to make everything festive at Christmas is sometimes not all that easy. We didn’t have much money back then, but still wanted to get gifts for everyone in the family, and some for our friends.

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The mister only got paid at his job on Christmas Eve, so after he came home, we’d have to go do all our shopping then. It was always a race to get it all done before the stores closed for the evening. There weren’t any 24 hours open stores back then. They might have stayed open until six or eight o’clock; I’m not sure.

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Let’s see – back then everyone bought everyone in the family something, and also for any friends. I’m pretty sure there were 20 in all. We had to budget only $100 for it all, including wrapping paper and things like tape and tags and bows. Our gifts had to be $5 or less. All had to be done within an hour or so.

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Then we had to go home, wrap it all up, and get ready to go to our friend’s family gathering, of which we were always a part of. It was fun, though, and we’d make it in time. We wouldn’t get back home until midnight or later, then get up early on Christmas morning to go to my family’s houses (Mom’s for gifts and Grandma’s for lunch and more gifts)

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These kind of whirlwind Christmas Eve & Christmas mornings were the usual, even up to when we had our own girls. But then we moved far away, and we’d have our own little celebrations for the holidays with the four of us. It was quite a bit different, but wonderful anyway. We did miss the earlier kind of days, and now remember them fondly.

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little pictures from Free Clip Art

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

4 responses »

  1. I remember those whirlwind times as well. To a tee. Looking back, I think I’d prefer them, or at least the part where everyone hustles around to see each other. I miss that. 💕

    • Thanks, Kelly!
      Those days were pretty hectic, and we enjoyed it all. We did the best we could with what we had, and looking back, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 🙂

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