Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”

Today is much the same weather as we’ve had for days. The temperature is in the 40’s. The sun is gone and probably enjoying warmer climes so we are stuck with perpetually gray skies. On my to do list is the tree. I still need to move a few small pieces of furniture to open the corner where the tree fits beautifully. I also need to do a bit more hunting downstairs as I haven’t found the Christmas stockings yet. The tree ornament boxes are already up from the cellar. The tree stand is stored in its box and will be easy to find. I hope to finish decorating tonight.

When I was a kid, once December came around, my house always felt like Christmas. My mother didn’t put up tons of decorations, but the lights in the windows, the huge tree in the corner, the stockings hanging on the bannister and a few Santa knickknacks were more than enough. I remember the Santa cups. There were four of them and the handles spelled Noel when the Santas were beside each other. I don’t know what happened to the original cups, but I found the same set and bought it. I also bought a few other ceramic Santas from the 50’s and some plastic ones which light up with a single white bulb. Of all the holidays, it is Christmas which brings back my childhood and fills me with joyful memories.

My mother gave us the gift of Christmas. My dad came from a socks and underwear family. My mother put whimsy in Christmas and found the best stocking stuffers. Decorating the tree was a full family affair, and my mother was the director. As we’d get closer to Christmas she’d tease us about what we were getting and did that the whole of her life. She’d call and say, “You’ll love what I bought for you today.” She was always right. The other night my brother-in-law called. He said listen to this and I heard paper being crumbled. He told me that was the wrapping paper he was putting on my gift, the perfect of all gifts. My mother would have loved that phone call!

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  1. olof1 Says:

    Pouring rain and strong winds here today so naturally I had to shower the old guys when I came home. I wonder why they prefer to stay out in the rain instead of going inside they huge dog house. It’s so big I could live there comforatble 🙂 The young ones were inthe garage so it’s not due to lack of space 🙂

    I can’t remember many soft packages at christmas, well when I became older my grandmother, who I loved dearly, started to buy underwear for a reason I never undewrstood. Especially not since they must have been made for a smaller elephant 🙂 🙂 🙂 I wonder if she was joking with us 🙂

    I got Your cars today, so beautiful! I also check the advent calendar every day and have quite fun with the chores 🙂

    It’s time for hot cocoa, it’s that kind of evening. Cold and windy.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I love your Christmas card. I don’t know if I told you before, but it is beautiful, lovely.

      We got new pajamas to open every Christmas Eve and sometimes clothes but the clothes were what everyone was wearing like ski pants and pink fuzzy sweaters. I loved those clothes.

      I’m so glad you liked the card. I bought it especially for you. That advent calendar is lots of fun, and I enjoy every day.

      Cocoa sounds great!!

      Have a wonderful evening.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    After the small amount of rain yesterday today is sunny, cool and breezy. Last night the Dallas Cowboys got their revenge for that miserable showing on Thanksgiving. I still hate the Eagles for not kicking Michael Vick to the curb for his participation in dog fighting.

    Your mother was a big tease. My parents never teased us we expected gifts and on each night of Chaunhah some would appear. We don’t display the gifts but hide them until after lighting the menorah each night so we don’t bother to wrap them. Here’s you gift, now go to your room and play with it and leave us alone for awhile. 🙂

    Sometimes less family time makes perfect sense.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I agree about Michael Vick.

      The Pats also had their revenge for their earlier lost to Miami. Good going for both our teams.

      We never thought of it as anything but fun. We’d ask for hints and she’d usually say it was something we’d asked for-no help at all. When we were kids few gift were wrapped, but when we were older everything, even the stocking stuffers, were wrapped.

      My younger sisters were pests , but we are friends now that we’re older. I think it takes a little perspective when it comes to family.

      • flyboybob Says:

        It takes a huge amount of perspective when it comes to family. Even spending a couple of hours at dinner with my mother in law last night took a huge amount. I wish I had brought a bat to foul off all those guilt ridden remarks she hurled. You can pick your friends, pick your nose but you can’t pick your relatives.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I would have responded in kind to her. You should never have had to put up with that.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The sun was out up here today. I went out without a jacket and wasn’t uncomfortable. I put a quilted vest on to walk the dogs, though. It was pleasant.

    Today was doctor’s appointment. But, it was offset by a long telephone conversation with an old friend that I haven’t seen or talked to in several years. It was good to talk to him again.

    My mother didn’t put up a lot of decorations, either. Candles in the window, taped to the sills of course. 🙂 Christmas cards were taped to the frame of the opening between the living room and dining room. The overflow cards were taped to the doorframe between the dining room and the kitchen. The tree took up all the space on one side of the living room. If you sat on the right side of the sofa, you couldn’t see the TV through the branches. 🙂

    So far I have La Bamba singing Santa Chihuahua, a tiny live Norfolk Island Xmas tree, candles in the window (not taped because heavy) and a doggy Christmas stocking. The dogs are wearing their Christmas collars. Rocky’s says “Bah Humbug” and Piki Dog’s says “Naughty” and “Nice”. (He’s wavering between the two.) The Christmouse cheese board is also on display. (Yes, Christmouse.)
    All that might be as far as I go in decorating.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      No sun at all today again. We’ve had one sunny day in a week. It’s getting tiresome. My sisters and I caught that from her, and we fill our houses.

      When my mother was older, she filled her house with Christmas, with beautiful decorations. My sisters and I caught that from her, and we fill our houses.

      I bought my tree, and it is standing in the living room but the branches need to drop just a bit. The tree is shorter than ones I usually get, but it looks lovely. It is a Frasier.

      Looks like tomorrow will be decorating day!

      Have a great evening.


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