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Grand-ma’s Christmas Kitchen

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Grand-ma’s Christmas Kitchen Click to view

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Never had a Christmas Day come that we weren’t at Grand-ma’s house for dinner. Along with the boxes of presents and excited, yelling kids, the ladies would bring along lots of holiday food.

Inside the shiny aluminum foil was turkey and dressing smelling of sage and cornbread. Pies had thick, gooey meringue  with tiny drops of golden liquid beading it’s surface You never knew which flavor pie you’d get – creamy chocolate, tangy pineapple, or toasted coconut – until it was cut open, revealing the thick, sweet-smelling pudding inside.

All the children would sneak into the kitchen to see if dinner was ready. The tantalizing smells of the baking turkey, and rows of brown ‘n serve rolls lined up waiting their turn in the oven were just to tempting for us to resist. We hung around underfoot, hoping for a tid-bit to hold us until dinner was ready.

The kitchen walls were painted a light blue, and a large piece of clear plastic was thumb-tacked behind the stove. A door leading to the service porch was always left open on this day to let in a cool breeze.

On the south side of the kitchen, an unusual indoor window was divided into sized cubbyholes. If you looked through it, you would see a bedroom. It was a big day when one of the kids could look through without being held up in someone’s arms. On the shelves in this window sat my Grand-ma’s little glass figurines. We kids always had to examine each and every one. I remember a large, funny coffee cup. It had two separate compartments, each with a flat side. When put together, it would make one large cup. Words printed on it said it was a “Texas sized” cup of coffee, and wouldn’t you rather have half a cup.

As the dinner preparations were coming to an end, my cousins, sister, and I would argue over whose turn it was to sit on the tall wooden stool. It’s rounded seat, painted sky blue, was the favorite perch of every child. We took turns and usually drew straws to see who sat on the favored ‘throne’. When sitting so high, you’d feel like royalty.

Finally, everyone would crowd around the kitchen table and my uncle would say a special prayer. It was always the same one, and gave everyone a good feeling that our family was gathered at Christmas again.

My Grand-pa usually sat at the table with the ladies and kids. With a twinkle in his blue eyes, he’d do his magic tricks for us. These were just simple things, like pulling a quarter magically from a child’s ear, or switching our iced tea glass with his, and doing little puzzles with matchsticks, but to us it was real magic.

As night came on, everyone would pack up some food for taking home. Bidding everyone a good night, the children would be rounded up and a tired but happy family would make their way home on a cold Christmas night.

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I wrote this story way back in 1984.

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© 2019 BS

Christmas Memory # 16 – Bits & Pieces

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

Just a few more short memories combined today, and over the weekend as I think of them. Then, since time is short coming up on Christmas Day, there will be one longer story, probably on Monday, and then a poem on Christmas Eve.

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A few times I made my own Christmas cards to send to people. Some were on construction paper with cute stickers, or ink stamps, and others were paintings done in acrylics of some holiday theme. In all cases, I’d write a poem or sentiment inside. I once was told these were their favorites to receive. It was fun to do, and I’m glad they liked them. Wish I had kept one for myself.

One night after doing our Christmas Eve shopping for everyone, I noticed a beautiful moon up in the sky – it had a halo around it. I called my Dad to tell him to go out and look – and he did – even though it was around midnight. I knew he’d like it, because he’d made his own telescope years before, and we always looked at the sky together.

When I was still pretty little, I was positive I saw Santa Claus in our living room. It was dark in there except for the lights on the tree, and we had a big mirror in the living room. I could see into the mirror from my bedroom door, and definitely saw someone (Santa?) moving around in there. I kept quiet, though.

Every year our family got together to go look at the pretty Christmas lights around town. There would be several car loads of us following each other. Then later we’d meet up at one of our houses for hot chocolate and snacks.

A favorite memory was when I was already grown up. Everyone came to my Mom & Dad’s house for Christmas snacks and fun. We all decided it would be fun to sing all the Christmas songs we could think of. So, several days before the get-together I typed up the words to the songs – enough for everyone to have a page. I used carbon paper to get all those copies! We sure enjoyed the singing that year.

Brown toy piano, sheet music, holly leaf, round ornament

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Holiday music

Songs to warm your heart tonight

Tap your toes and sing

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© 2019 BS

 

 

Christmas Memory # 14 – MMMBop & Snow

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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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This may be weird, but even on Christmas morning we sometimes listened to music, but not Christmas music. It was usually rock songs, of whatever music album, cassette, or CD that one of us had gotten as a present that year.

On this day, my daughter had gotten the Hanson CD with the song MMMBop as one of the songs. We all like this song, so we put it on while we were opening presents. We put it on repeat, so it played over and over while we were rocking out and singing along. We call this our MMMBop Christmas because of that.

It was pretty cool too, that just as we started with all this, it started snowing heavily. Now that in itself was wonderful and exciting. The snow kept coming all morning with huge saucer shaped flakes, filling up the yards and streets. By the time we had to drive over to my Dad’s house for lunch and the family get together, we could barely see the roads, but we made it.

Definitely not a typical kind of Christmas day, but very memorable.

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© 2019 BS