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Christmas Memory # 17 – More 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, 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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Most years on Christmas Eve night, we’d go to my Granny & Grand-dad’s house. There we’d get together with relatives that we didn’t get to see all that often, from Oklahoma, and New Mexico. We’d have a nice home-made supper, and then open gifts. Later all the cousins would play cards at the kitchen table, while the grown-ups talked and played dominoes (42) on card tables in the living room. That was always fun.

Christmas morning, we’d be at home and get up really early to see what Santa had brought, then open our gifts from under the tree. Later, for lunch, we’d go to my Grand-ma & Grand-pa’s house to meet with other relatives, and have more gifts to unwrap, and then eat a big Christmas lunch. (my story on Monday will be about this)

One year right before Christmas a friend of my husband and myself came over with a gift. That was unusual as we never did the gift exchange with him. So, I opened the box. It was an outfit of black stretchy pants & top that has tiny silver threads running through it. It of course didn’t fit. So I gave it back. Now this is the bad part … much later we found out that the gift was from a bunch of presents he’d stolen from under someone’s tree that year.

For a long time one of my favorite traditions was to make cut out Christmas cookies. I have cookie cutters in all kinds of Christmas, and other shapes. The recipe made several dozens of cookies, and it took most all of the day to get them baked, and then decorated. I haven’t done this in quite awhile, though. Some years I did it all by myself, and other years my girls would help with the decorating.

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I think this will be all of these for now, but Monday will be the story I wrote about Grandma’s Christmas Kitchen.

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coloring book page of black & white kitty with red bow – green letters saying Meow-ee Christmas

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© 2019 BS

Share Your World – Christmas Questions & Answers

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/12/16/share-your-world-12-16-19/

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This time for SYW, Melanie has given us some questions to answer about Christmas. Thanks, Melanie

To join in, and also see other entries, just click the above link.

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  • Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards through snail mail? 

Yes, I love getting Christmas cards in the mail every year. I like sending them, too.

  • Do you like the taste and/or smell of peppermint?

Peppermint is one of my very favorite tastes and smells. For some years I’d receive as a gift one of those huge peppermint logs. That would last a long time, as I chipped pieces off a little at a time.

  • What is your least favorite holiday side dish?

Least favorite holiday side dish … Can’t really think of anything I don’t like. I always take a sample of everything and enjoy it all.

  • What is the coolest (best) gift you ever gave someone?

I have no idea if what I’ve given was thought to be ‘cool’. You’d have to ask them if they liked it. I can’t even remember what I gave them. Oh, wait … several times I gave my husband a guitar for Christmas. I think he liked them, except one time when I didn’t know the difference – I gave him a left handed guitar!

  • Bonus question because I thought it was nifty:   What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe?   (Please insert the word “Holiday” for Christmas if Christmas isn’t your thing or bothers you or something)
  • A song I don’t like … hmmm … I like most of them, but don’t want to hear them until right before Christmas (do not play them at Halloween!) I’d say that Mariah Carey song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” … yeah, can’t stand that one – sorry if you do like it.

GRATITUDE:

Please share some of your favorite music around this time of year.

 

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Here’s a favorite one to hear at Christmas time. 🙂

I love the words, the music, the meaning, and hopefulness, and that it encourages people to pray for peace for everyone.

 

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© 2019 BS

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN – DAY 5 & 6 – PANTOMIMES & CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN – DAY 5 – PANTOMIMES

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https://ourrandomview.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/christmas-countdown-day-5-pantomimes/#more-9803

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The prompt for this day was to be about Pantomimes. We were asked if we attend and enjoy these. Being that I had no idea what they were, I had to look up the meaning. I found out that they are a traditional British theater play, for children, and adults entertainment. The audience is able to participate by singing songs, and making comments to the actors. It sounds like a fun thing to do. Here’s a link to a more detailed description of the Pantomime.

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/panto.shtml

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https://ourrandomview.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/christmas-countdown-day-6-christmas-presents/

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN – DAY 6 – CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Now, what to say about Christmas presents? We all know what they are…gifts given and received, usually wrapped in pretty papers and bows, and placed under the Christmas tree, to be opened on either Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning.

Some people celebrate Christmas this way, while others do not. In our family, we did. We would open one small gift on Christmas Eve night, then the rest of them on Christmas morning. We also had gifts (that were not wrapped) left under the tree, by Santa Claus.

I used to get all elaborate with the gift box decorating, making my own creations, trying to be clever about it, and being all fancy with the wrapping. Later on, I didn’t do that as much, and just used regular Christmas themed papers, and pre-made bows. Now, it’s a good day, if I get any wrapping done at the last minute.

Some of the department store gift wrapping services, are convenient. I find a lot of the wrappings just too pretty, and I hate to tear it up when opening the gift. My favorite kind of wrapping, which I’ve done quite a lot, is just plain brown craft paper, tied with twine, or jute. You know, like the song from the movie, “The Sound of Music”. 🙂

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