Wednesday, December 9, 2015

4 Christmas Touchstones


 We all have touchstones that summon memories for us. Here are four Christmas ones that touch me instantly.


1) Presents under the Christmas Tree. This goes hand in hand with # 2. I also remember our dog, Nigel,who one year ate a pound of chocolate and another year half a "round" of cheese from the factory.


 2) Little kids

The thrilled response of the very young who love Grandma's homemade mitts. Children are the heart of the family when it comes to this time of year. Their anticipation is electric and their fun contagious.



3)
The Grandparents ( and great grandparents)  This was the last Christmas my Mom and Dad had together. Dad had dementia and memory issues but remembered to stay in his "Santa" role for the whole party. Mom rewarded him with a kiss.


  4) The memories of Christmas past.

 This one is me with my younger brother and our Mom. We got one big gift (mine was the doll and the cradle,) a new pair of pj's and a filled stocking. The stocking had a quarter in the toe, then an apple, an orange, some barley candy on a stick and a book of Lifesavers. 





 

From other relatives we got socks, mitts and books... the books were the best gifts for me.



What are your Christmas 'touchstones?'




7 comments:

  1. Such special memories, Mahrie. The lifesavers and barley candy wherein our stocking too.
    That photo of Grandma and Grandpa (santa) is about as perfect as you can get…really tugs at your heart strings in a good way! Thanks for sharing. <3

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    1. Marlene, I agree. that is about one of the best photos of Bill and Mary Grace ever! There are so many more photos I could have used - a number of them featuring you!

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  2. Oh, how I remember the Livesaver books! Do they even make those anymore? We always opened gifts starting with the youngest first and then on up the oldest. But everyone, even the littlest who wanted to play with the new toys, waited until Grandma (great-grandma to eight) opened her gifts. I always liked it that Mom made us respect that.

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    1. Yes,Melody, the do still make the lifesaver books. To me they appear modernized and smaller...but that may be the difference between a child's eye and an adult's perspective. I gave them to my kids (now in their 40's) and they give them to their kids.

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  3. When I was growing up, I went to a one-room school a short distance down the road. Each Christmas, there was a concert at the school and Santa showed up. Each child got a cellophane bag with an apple, an orange, some nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds) and a candy cane – all tied up with a ribbon. It looked so pretty that I never wanted to open it. Back in the day, we couldn’t afford oranges so that orange tasted especially good.

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    1. Oh yes, the sweetness of those oranges. Like you and for the same reason we only got them at Christmas. Our children and grandchildren do not quite understand how good they were.

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  4. Excellent post! I have fond memories of Clementine oranges and torrone (Italian candy)in my stocking. :)

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