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 I was thinking about being am kid at Christmas and it was making me smile. I wonder how many of you sneaked a peek at your presents under the tree? I got very clever at peeling up the scotch ta
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Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 8:29 AM EST
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 I was thinking about being am kid at Christmas and it was making me smile. I wonder how many of you sneaked a peek at your presents under the tree? I got very clever at peeling up the scotch tape and replacing it exactly as i found it! Were you allowed to help decorate the tree when you were under about 10? There were ones that couldn't break that i was allowed to put on the tree. I was allowed to help with the tinsel only one year and was never allowed to again. I enjoyed braiding the tinsel and making bird nests too much! Now, looking back, i can see quite a mess! Laughing Making cookies was a big tradition in my family but there again i had too much fun! I couldn't stop frosting one for me and then one for others and one for me... And did you like licking the spoon and cleaning up the frosting bowl? I remember thinking that it was my job to play the Christmas songs for everyone and i think i drove everyone a bit crazy. How many times can one listen to Frosty the Snowman? Speaking of Frosty i remember crying over the tv show when it was time for Frosty to melt. Do you still remember some of the presents you got? I always got a new night gown or two and to this day i still love getting a new "jammy" to wear! Did you have a large family get-togther? Did you enjoy it and actually like your cousins? i liked all the people but didn't like my cousins. I was the youngest and got picked on a lot.

Do any of you have Christmas memories to share?

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 9:34 AM EST
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I recall the way my Mom wanted the tree decorated with tinsel.  We had the "real" lead tinsel and she wanted it placed on the tree piece by piece draped "just so" on the branches.  It made it easy when taking down the tree as we had to remove each piece and place it back on the cardboard and it would go back in the package to be used the next year.  Not sure if that was  "New England Frugality" at work or if it was just that she was raised to save and not waste.

One of the strongest memories I have..it was after my Mom died, I wanted ice skates and I had told Santa but no one else.  After opening all my presents and no skates I was heart broken. Sitting down for breakfast my Dad took a box out from behind the counter and gave it to me and it was my skates.  with just a smile I knew that they were from him and not Santa.  I think that when it was confirmed for me that there was no Santa.....did I just write that?.....There is a Santa!

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 10:25 AM EST
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Yah nikki, i remember my mom would have the tinsel "just so" and she would take it down piece by piece also & put it in the cardboard box for next year. I wasn't allowed to help put the tinsel away (see above post) because i thought it needed to be braided! I liked your memory of your skates. were you any good at it?

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 10:52 AM EST
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We never helped decorate the tree in our house.The Hungarians always put their trees up Christmas Eve.When we woke up Christmas morning the tree and all the decorations were up with our presents under the tree.Then we knew St.Nicholas had been there.He put up the tree and left our gifts.I remember getting dolls, bubble bath and clothing.One year I received my first watch I was in second grade and that was a big deal for me I had that watch until I was 21 years old and a nursing assistant.I would have had it longer it was a Timex but one dunk in the water too many and it wasn't ticking any longer.lol! Mom would make hundreds of dozens of cookies,all Eastern European.My favorites were the pecan puffs and Linzer cookies.She made nut, poppy seed rolls and butter rings with maple icing and chopped walnuts..All of our family friends,family and  neighbors would get a huge tray of cookies from mom.We always had friends and family over to the house for nice celebrations.The kids would play and the adults would drink and play cards.I remember one year we went to my aunt's on Christmas Eve and the party went on until January 2nd.Everyday  we started all again.My cousin played the accordion and organ and we would dance and sing and just have a great time.We went sled riding and bowling my Dad and Uncle kept us busy so my Mom and Aunt could cook and get food ready for dinner.I have wonderful memories from my childhood.I remember my Aunt Rose saying to us that we would never be able to duplicate that Christmas and she was right .I lost my Dad before the next Christmas and all the old timers died off year after year and no we never did have another Holiday season like that one but I still do have my wonderful memories have tried to duplicate this for my children and have done so with some success ..I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year!

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 12:17 PM EST
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We always went out in the pasture and cut a tree .
We would only have one present under it for each
one of us kids at Christmas. We were happier then
the kids today when they have dozens of gifts under the tree.
Our gifts lasted a long time. now the kids don't even know
where they are by Valentines Day.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 1:47 PM EST
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Sara, I remember just getting one present, too.  We would get apples and nuts in our stockings.  

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 2:07 PM EST
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The only thing I remember about my "young" Christmases was that Santa came to our door.  It was a friend of my parents, and she made a visit every year until us three kids no longer "believed".  I don't recall ever sneaking a peek UNTIL I was married!  I was sure that our first Christmas was going to be the best ever, and I just couldn't wait.  My husband knew that I had peeked; but he never said anything about it until years later.  Since I was born at the end of the first depression, perhaps there wasn't anything to peek at in any closet.  My memory is not what it used to be....not sure if by age or on purpose.  Christmas now is for the Grandsons.  At age 28, 25, and 5, they make it all worthwhile!
 

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 3:26 PM EST
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when my sister and i were small we did the same with the the tree tinsel  went on christmas eve with 1 ball just to help santa i hated that stuff as after christmas we had to put it back in the pack i wanted to know why santa didn't do it  ? we might get a doll but my dad made us tables and chairs or a doll bed and some clothes. not like today kids get so much . my children didnt get all the fancy stuff. we had 4 and didnt have much money.  when i see all the grand kids get today i like to die so much money going out. and they always want more i miss the old christmas

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 3:43 PM EST
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Tinsel was also very important on my childhood trees and it was saved to be used the next year.   And wrapping paper was a treasure that was removed very carefully and saved for next year.  We each received one surprise present  and one that was socks.
(Mom made all our underwear)  Santa did not exist for us

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 4:37 PM EST
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Nancy, I forgot about the paper.  That also was saved to be used again.
Christmas cards were saved to make gift tags for the next year or they were saved to tally who sent card and who didn't and who we forgot to send to.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 8:22 PM EST
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Saving cards, tinsel and wrapping paper...we did the same. We also made teeny boxes out of the pictures on the cards and used those boxes as "favors" with mints and a few nuts in them. There were 6 of us kids, and each year only 1 received a really nice gift. The rest of us received 1 necessary item, usually underwear. LOL Couldn't wait for that 6th year to roll around so I could get the bigger gift! After Christmas we always set up a Monopoly board and played a game each day until school started again.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 9:02 PM EST
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We did not believe in Santa - that wasn't allowed ............ But one year when I was a tiny kid we were at Grandma's house far out in the fields and woods on Christmas Eve and she had her usual tiny, tacky, not-so-nice tree. 
We were going to open our small gifts in a little while when someone heard a bell far away - out in a field - and there was a light!!!   A light and a bell on Christmas eve!!  That little light moved around into a different field, into sections of woods.... all over.
A bit after it disappeared Paw Paw (grandfather) came into the room where we all were and said he heard something on the roof - if we went into the front room (never used - never heated) we could hear it..  We kids ran to that room ----- wow - there was a GIANT tree covered in decorations and LIGHTS.  And,  believe it or not, stacks of presents, piles of presents.

Today I don't know why or how that happened but it still makes me cry.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/13/2012 10:20 PM EST
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Nancy, that is the sweetest story ever.

 The only story that really stands out for me happened when I was about 4 years old.  All my mother's German relatives came over for Christmas Eve.  All of a sudden we heard bells in the back yard and in came Santa ( one of my great uncles) with gifts for all and especially for my sister and me as we were the youngest.  My mother told me I had to sing "Away in a Manger". for Santa.  I was so frightened that I cried all the way through the song.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 7:38 AM EST
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I can remember having a live tree.... it smelled so good.  I still like them, but it is so expensive that I use an artificial one.  My Mom wrapped everything.  We didn't have a lot, but if you got a coloring book and crayons - each one was wrapped alone.  She knew opening things was almost as much fun as whatever you got.  I never had to worry about peaking.  There was NOTHING under the tree until Christmas Morning.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 8:16 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Being a kid at Christmas:
Nancy, that is the sweetest story ever.  The only story that really stands out for me happened when I was about 4 years old.  All my mother's German relatives came over for Christmas Eve.  All of a sudden we heard bells in the back yard and in came Santa ( one of my great uncles) with gifts for all and especially for my sister and me as we were the youngest.  My mother told me I had to sing "Away in a Manger". for Santa.  I was so frightened that I cried all the way through the song.
Posted by Barbara B

Barbara, that is such a sweet story.  What a great memory.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 8:58 AM EST
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I'm crying again ......... and I'm supposed to be on my way to church school to help finish up all the Christmas play things for Sunday.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 9:30 AM EST
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Love all the sharing I enjoyed reading it

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 9:42 AM EST
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when i was about 3 my family moved to houston   my dad's parents had moved in with us when we moved
also my g.f.'s brother    uncle berry lived next door      there were 4 of us girls then         the youngest sister came along later. for some strange reason santa always visited us before we went to bed on christmas eve        and that night we were all just waiting
when outside there was a great clatter          and then       A SHOTGUN BLAST       shocked us all into awed silence      and my papa came in the back door     cussing and fussing that  uncle berry had just shot santa claus
it has been oft repeated over the years      this tale        a very memorable event

we always got clothes for christmas gifts( my mother was an accomplished seamstress) and usually one small gift each       the large gift was always shared        one yr a t.v. (whole family) we had not had one before        one yr a bicycle

and i hate tinsel  when i started putting up my own tree , i didn't use it.    i also hate garlands on the tree

when i get through with the ornaments   i stick pretty birds and flowers  and those shiny fillers in the empty spaces  and it's beautiful (everyone says so)

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 3:35 PM EST
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I always wanted beads on the tree.  Sort of like the beads I saw in old time stories when I was a kid.  When I started putting up my own tree there was no such thing.  I went to a craft store and bough containers of beads, pearls of several colors.  I got fishing line and strung my own beads for garland.  A few years after that I began seeing in the stores pearl garland strand.  I purchased some to add to my home made string.
all my bead garlands are in the basement waiting for the day I can put them up again.

Re: Being a kid at Christmas

posted at 12/14/2012 4:53 PM EST
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i don't really hate garlands on the tree---------------just the ones i tried---------------because i have no talent to layer it right       and          so i don't try




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