Christmas memory

Welcome if you're joining from My New Happy where Lana talked Christmas memories.  I got a little something for you today and then you can hop over to Carrie's blog and see what she has to say.



Christmas to me is more than just a memory: it is a feeling that takes over when you surround yourself with your most important people.  It is the gleeful anticipation on the faces of the kids, big and small, as they eagerly await the arrival of Santa.  It's that joyful feeling when you get to see your family again and get to spend that time together, reconnecting.  My Christmas is all the preparations put into a grande meal; new dishes to devour and old recipes that remind us of our past.  Christmas is also Midnight Mass at church, with everyone dressed up and the beautiful music that rings through the halls.







Some of my favourite Christmas memories were spent at my Grandma Diehl's house in small town Saskatchewan, Marcelin.  I think the population of this town tripled at Christmas time.  My grandparents' home was an oddly shaped, long and skinny house; she had a hair salon upstairs and an entire second kitchen downstairs.  At Christmas, her entire basement was transformed into a hall, with tables lining the entire area and the eternal Christmas tree on display.  Grandma never took down her Christmas tree, so it was easy to play Christmas all year round.  After the meal that my Grandma had spent likely  months preparing: goose, turkey, ham, tourtiere, that weird marshmallow salad, that weird green jelly salad, turnips, mashed potatoes....we'd all retire to the miss-matched couches lining the walls and visit.  This is the point where I would start getting anxious, eager to see Santa Claus who always made an appearance on Christmas Eve.  We'd sing carols and play games, awaiting that time when we'd see Grandma go upstairs and hear the jingling of his bells.  I can still hear Grandma's voice coming down the stairs saying that she thought she heard something.  I never thought to look who was missing, because all I could concentrate on was seeing Santa Claus.  He'd give out the gifts and then, in our childhood glee, we'd be immersed in whatever we were given.  I remember receiving Girl Talk one year and another a Karaoke microphone.  Later we'd get ready and head to mass for 11:00 where we'd celebrate the birth of our Saviour.  I loved celebrating mass in the church where my parents were married and I loved that most of our songs were done in French as well.



I am quite certain that my Grandparents/parents experienced stress when dealing with everything that had to go into Christmas.  I'm sure my Grandma had other things she wanted to do than make 800 meatballs and 20 tourtieres.  Growing up in a one income family, I'm sure my parents felt the strain of wanting to buy their kids the most perfect presents and not always being able to.  But when I look back on all I remember about Christmas; it's that happy time spent with the people we love that meant the most to me.  It was getting to see cousins and aunts and uncles and be able to just be together.  It was the sharing of the traditions that had been passed down.

I can barely recall the gifts that were received, but what remains forever etched in my hearts is the love that is shared in our home over the holidays.

Merry Christmas to you.

Comments

  1. LOVE this because it brought back memories of my Grandmas at Christmas...just precious D..LOVE the throwbacks and video!!

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  2. Such sweet memories friend. I absolutely love the old video in there too.

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  3. Oh how wonderful!! Such beautiful childhood memories and how magical to see santa on Christmas Eve!!

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  4. I could not love this post more. Thinking about doing something like this next year. Thank you for the inspiration! Love the adorable pics too

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  5. Such a strong post that I relate to. From attending mass and seeing Santa on Christmas eve. Kind of crazy how similarly we celebrated. What I wonder is what my kids will remember of their childhood Christmases as our Christmases seem to be much quieter than mine were growing up which often makes me sad.

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  6. Awwww, so sweet, I love reading about your childhood memories, reminding me of my own.

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  7. The love you have for your family just shines through in this post. Such great memories.

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  8. I sure miss cuddling up next to the rolling log electric fire place.

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  9. How cool that you have a video! And you've managed to capture the feeling of Christmas brilliantly in this post. Even down to the weird green jelly salad that apparently all grandmas make?!

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  10. I remember so many fun times at my grandparents' house growing up!

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  11. Beautiful blog, lovely memories!

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  12. I always love your perspective on life and especially how special your family is to you. Love this, friend!

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  13. Yup, they are super special :)

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  14. Thanks for making them for me

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  15. Doesn't it make you wonder what your kids will remember??

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  16. bahahaha....why do people like that salad?

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  17. I totally forgot about that fireplace!

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  18. It made me want to be a kid again.

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  19. Would love to hear more about you...but please don't stop the style stuff too; you are my style guru.

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  20. It makes me sad sometimes knowing they aren't having the huge gatherings we did.

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  21. I thought it was cute. I just discovered my file with the old stuff.

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  22. Those are special times, aren't they?

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  23. Deena, this was such a lovely post! I was talking with some girlfriends the other day and we were saying how what we remembered most from childhood Christmases was the time spent with loved ones, not what we did or didn't receive. LOVED this! Happy Tuesday XO- Kim

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  24. Christmas at Grandma's was always the best! I love your throwback photos and video! Precious Christmas memories!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  25. What incredible childhood memories! I hope my daughter has the same type of memories when she grows up; not the presents, but time spent together with family. I love that your grandma kept the tree up year round too!

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  26. I hope the same for my kids!

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  27. Love these memories and feel the same way....it is the memory of my time with family that I remember most. Hope your Christmas was amazing.

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  28. Yup, that's totally what it's all about

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