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At this time of year when there is generally a feeling of good will towards men and we are all busy with preparations, I usually wind up remembering my childhood and how we celebrated our Christmas. O
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CHRISTMAS PAST

posted at 12/13/2010 6:00 AM EST
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At this time of year when there is generally a feeling of good will towards men and we are all busy with preparations, I usually wind up remembering my childhood and how we celebrated our Christmas. Our parents never had much money, Mom was the manager of the cash and Dad was the breadwinner.  My mother would sew after we were in bed and I remember the Christmas my sister and I received new clothing for our dolls. My sister got a green wool coat and hat for her doll and I got a red wool coat and hat. We always received a new outfit for wearing to our grandparents home on Christmas Day. After opening the presents and eating a wonderful holiday breakfast and going to church, we got into the car and drove into the city to spend the day with grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins. Our first stop was at Dad's parents house where there was always a pot of Grandma's special chicken soup and the special cakes that she made for Christmas. Lots of kissing and greeting of relatives. Then on to Nana's and the family feasting and more presents. My sister was the oldest grandchild and she got to sit at the adult table. My cousin, Joseph, and I ate on the piano bench in the doorway since I was the second oldest and then Joe. We did a lot of laughing and had a great time. When more cousins arrived, my sister remained at the adult table and the rest of us sat at the children's table enjoying the special day. We even sang Christmas Carols and Uncle Jim gave each of us twenty-five cents each for the effort.  Then the ride home and falling asleep in the car with happy memories, snuggled with my doll in her new red coat and hat.  What memories can you share?

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posted at 12/13/2010 6:54 AM EST
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Nice memories Angela!  One memory from long long ago is this one....my sister and I always shared a room and always left our door open at night when we were little girls.....except for Christmas Eve when our door was closed because I didn't want to be awakened by Santa's HO HO HO.  Our mother always laughed about that one and still reminds me to this day that I said that.

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posted at 12/13/2010 8:08 AM EST
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I remember Christmas past.  It was last year.  LOL

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posted at 12/13/2010 11:10 AM EST
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After reading these posts I satrted feeling lonely again so I just made sweet rolls with orange glaze. Feeling better now.
Happy holidays to all

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posted at 12/13/2010 8:54 PM EST
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Hi John.it's funny how we can find comfort in the things we eat.I think of all the great holidays spent at my aunt Rose's home.We went over everyday during Christmas break.Mom was off because she was a school crossing guard and Daddy was retired due to ilness.We ate,played games,went to the movies,roller skating and bowling,midnight mass on Christmas eve. We were always kept busy.We would sing while my cousin played the organ or accordian and we would polka .Not a single gift was exchanged it wasn't nessecary.All the old folks are gone and one of my cousins also.How I wish that those times could be recreated.I remember my Aunt telling me that I would never have times like this again and she was right,you're only young once.I miss all of them.

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posted at 12/13/2010 11:45 PM EST
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I miss how my mom always decorated, she loved Christmas and went all out. Everything was so beautiful and she had so many lovely decorations. Have no idea what happened to them or who ended up with them. I used to love and sit for hours and watch the bubble lights on the tree. We would all gather for the holiday and have Christmas dinner. Miss that so much

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posted at 12/14/2010 1:29 AM EST
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I remember walking to church for midnight mass in snow(seems that Pa had snow every Christmas)(we even walked when dad was off work with the car because it was hard to drive up the slippery icy hill & it was hard to find a parking spot), no matter how cold we were or how hungry(could not eat for communion) the candles, nativity scene & hymns seems to take it all away. The walk home went faster(it was downhill & we did not care if we looked wind blown. Santa had delivered the gifts while we were gone(by the time we got home it was about 1:30AM) & we got to open "1",  then had something to eat & off to bed so we could get up early to open the rest of the presents. I was married many years before I asked my mom who Santa was since everyone went to church, there was a neighbor or a volunteer fireman that did the deed.

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posted at 12/14/2010 5:56 AM EST
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ANGELA ; lovely memories; thanx for sharing.Smile
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At this time of year when there is generally a feeling of good will towards men and we are all busy with preparations, I usually wind up remembering my childhood and how we celebrated our Christmas. Our parents never had much money, Mom was the manager of the cash and Dad was the breadwinner.  My mother would sew after we were in bed and I remember the Christmas my sister and I received new clothing for our dolls. My sister got a green wool coat and hat for her doll and I got a red wool coat and hat. We always received a new outfit for wearing to our grandparents home on Christmas Day. After opening the presents and eating a wonderful holiday breakfast and going to church, we got into the car and drove into the city to spend the day with grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins. Our first stop was at Dad's parents house where there was always a pot of Grandma's special chicken soup and the special cakes that she made for Christmas. Lots of kissing and greeting of relatives. Then on to Nana's and the family feasting and more presents. My sister was the oldest grandchild and she got to sit at the adult table. My cousin, Joseph, and I ate on the piano bench in the doorway since I was the second oldest and then Joe. We did a lot of laughing and had a great time. When more cousins arrived, my sister remained at the adult table and the rest of us sat at the children's table enjoying the special day. We even sang Christmas Carols and Uncle Jim gave each of us twenty-five cents each for the effort.  Then the ride home and falling asleep in the car with happy memories, snuggled with my doll in her new red coat and hat.  What memories can you share?
Posted by Angela F

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posted at 12/14/2010 6:15 AM EST
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I want to thank all of you for sharing your wonderful memories. I didn't think that I would have gotten such a great response, but I should have known better. What a wonderful group of people are on VBB. Blessed Christmas to all my VBB friends!

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posted at 12/14/2010 6:24 AM EST
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Another memory from Christmas past is the last Christmas we spent in NY.  We had no idea that it would be our last there.  It started snowing on Christmas Eve and continued on right through until Christmas afternoon!!  We got 18+ inches of the white stuff and stayed in our jammies all day, made homemade soup and bread for our dinner! We haven't had a white Christmas since. Frown It was also the last Christmas with our oldest son who died just 2 months later in a tragic accident.  It was a very special Christmas indeed! Innocent

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posted at 12/14/2010 7:09 AM EST
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Renee C; SO SAD; ; MY SYMPATHIES ON YOUR LOSS; all CHRISTMAS MEMORIES ARE NOT HAPPY ONES;  but please hold onto those that are.
Cry
 
Kiss

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Another memory from Christmas past is the last Christmas we spent in NY.  We had no idea that it would be our last there.  It started snowing on Christmas Eve and continued on right through until Christmas afternoon!!  We got 18+ inches of the white stuff and stayed in our jammies all day, made homemade soup and bread for our dinner! We haven't had a white Christmas since.  It was also the last Christmas with our oldest son who died just 2 months later in a tragic accident.  It was a very special Christmas indeed!
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posted at 12/14/2010 7:14 AM EST
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Angela; No Christmas memories, I was born & raised Jewish. However my memories of Hannukah celebrations are very similar; love of family; laughs; good food & much gratudefor  ALL the blessings we haveKiss
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ANGELA ; lovely memories; thanx for sharing. Response to CHRISTMAS PAST :
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posted at 12/14/2010 11:19 AM EST
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Another memory from Christmas past is the last Christmas we spent in NY.  We had no idea that it would be our last there.  It started snowing on Christmas Eve and continued on right through until Christmas afternoon!!  We got 18+ inches of the white stuff and stayed in our jammies all day, made homemade soup and bread for our dinner! We haven't had a white Christmas since.  It was also the last Christmas with our oldest son who died just 2 months later in a tragic accident.  It was a very special Christmas indeed!
Posted by Renee C


Oh Renee,I'm so sorry to hear about your son,Sometimes we just don't realize how fragile life is and it can change in a instant.My heart goes out to you and your family.God bless you.

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posted at 12/14/2010 11:21 AM EST
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Angela ; No Christmas memories, I was born & raised Jewish . However my memories of Hannukah celebrations are very similar; love of family; laughs; good food & much gratudefor  ALL the blessings we have In Response to Re: CHRISTMAS PAST :
Posted by Ann N


Hi Ann,well we just have to wish you Happy Hannukah! Happy New Year too !!!

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posted at 12/14/2010 3:54 PM EST
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Best wishes to all .... Peace and Joy - Praise God

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posted at 12/15/2010 6:16 AM EST
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Angela ; No Christmas memories, I was born & raised Jewish . However my memories of Hannukah celebrations are very similar; love of family; laughs; good food & much gratudefor  ALL the blessings we have In Response to Re: CHRISTMAS PAST :
Posted by Ann N


Anne,
I enjoy all your conversations and this is a season of hope. It is wonderful to share your Chanaka (sp. sorry) memories too. I would love to read them. I hope your holiday was blessed too.

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posted at 12/15/2010 6:19 AM EST
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Another Christmas that was another wonderful memory was when my daughter, Anne, was just 6 months old.  She was really to small to enjoy all the wonderful things and the promise, but in her little red stretch outfit, trying to grab the sparkling ornaments on the tree...Then on Christmas day, she and I were both dressed in red velvet, my living doll.

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posted at 12/17/2010 5:01 AM EST
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In Response to Re: CHRISTMAS PAST : Hi Ann,well we just have to wish you Happy Hannukah! Happy New Year too !!!
Posted by gale g


Gale,
I know that there have to be wonderful Hannukah memories of sharing etc. I have friends of all religions and enjoy their stories too. Happy Hannukah to you. (I even bough a menorah years ago to share the holiday with my Jewish friends)

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posted at 12/18/2010 5:27 AM EST
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Ann - sending you love, respect and best wishes for a glorious Hannukah

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