“Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.”

Today is a pretty day, a pretty winter’s day. The sun shares the deepest blue sky with white clouds. A breeze blows every now and then. I can see the hanging dead leaves sway a bit giving them a bit of life. It is warmish at 43˚. The dogs love being outside. They chase each other around the yard. Their ears are always cold when they come back inside the house. Right now they are upstairs having their morning nap on my bed. I’m going to have another cup of coffee.

I have such wonderful Christmas memories. My mother baked sugar cookies. She used the same cookie cutters year after year. I can still see the Santa Claus with a pack on his back, the angel with wings, a reindeer with antlers and a bell with a gong. She’d put racks on the counter and cover them with hot cookies right from the oven. We watched them cool. My mother would make frosting, put some in bowls and then color the frosting in each bowl. I remember green, red and white. When the cookies were cooled, we’d all sit around the kitchen table and frost them. I remember my sister Moe, the youngest, was quite generous with her frosting. Each of her cookies was thick with all the different colors. When we got to eat one, she always picked hers. She loved the frosting.

Some years we made ornaments. My mother put all the decorations on the table including the Styrofoam balls we’d decorate. Ribbon, pinecones, beads and whatnots filled the table. The glue was the old Elmer’s School Glue. My hands stayed sticky with glue which oozed from the top of the plastic bottle. My fingers stuck together. One year my ornament was chosen as the ugliest. I never did get a trophy.

Every year my father hung the outside lights. They were the big bulbs which got hot and melted any snow. He’d cover the bushes below the picture window and the tall bushes at each end of the front garden. We didn’t have timers back then so the lights had to be plugged in and out every night. I’d come home at night from somewhere like drill and just stand in front and look. I always thought our house was beautiful at Christmas.

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12 Comments on ““Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Pretty cold in the morning and we did have sunshine until I stopped working, after that I could see the sun through the clouds for a while. We’re heading towards milder weather again and that makes me happy 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Weather is so changeable this time of year.

      The wind made it feel chilly today even though it was warmish. Monday it may get to 60. Ill put up my lights then.

      Mostly the nights are cold, always down to the 30’s.

      Enjoy your day!

  2. hedley Says:

    Some years ago my now adult children admitted that they searched out their Christmas presents . My daughter would stand watch and send my son in to the closet to seek out the gifts that they would receive. I think she was using the theory that he would be in a lot more trouble if discovered.. I was genuinely surprised and a bit disappointed. It had never occurred to me that they would spoil a surprise.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I did it that once and I was not looking for presents. They were just there in that closet. After that, even if I found a present, I didn’t look.The fun of Christmas morning is the surprise!

  3. im6 Says:

    Today’s music is STELLAR.
    Every. Single. Song.
    And you’ve done it again… introduced me to a song I can’t believe I’ve never heard — the one by Eddie Money and RONNIE SPECTOR. How has this gone undetected on my radar?
    Gracias. Danke. Thanks!

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Thank you, im6. I actually thought of you when I found these songs. You always managed to find a song I hadn’t ever heard before so I was hoping one or two of today’s would be new. I was happy and a bit surprised all are new to you.

      It took a while to find versions I could post, but I did find a mother lode of web sites.

      • im6 Says:

        Only the Eddie Money and House of Heroes are new to me, but I have to admit having forgotten about that George Bailey song. Found it on my hard drive, however, so it’s just been in hiding for the past decade or so. I have a few Christmas music blogs I visit each day, too. Always on the hunt!

      • katry Says:

        That must be one huge hard drive!

  4. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Tonight is the sixth night of Chanukah and I thought you might enjoy a fun Chanukah song. Happy Holidays!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ESqJay4tT2k

  5. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    It’s cold and dim here. I wish I could go around and see more decorations, but I’ll have to do it virtually. Usually I to to a city menorah lighting ceramony, but I didn’t attend this year. I still have pictures of the one we went to.
    Some day I’ll tell you what a friend ( who was in high-school ) did with a rather garish decoration, of the nativity scene.
    Now, one to the music.
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      It stayed sunny most of the day here, but the night is quite cold.

      I am amazed at how many houses are already decorated for Christmas and some of them are so covered in amazing amounts of lights. I bought some more lights so I can put mine up. Think I’ll do it on Monday as it is supposed tone warm.

      Take care!


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