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Stolen Christmas


Tuesday, December 03, 2013


In 1957, my mother stole Christmas and moved it into her heart for safe keeping. Granted, Christmas of 1958 was spent with friends, but after that, each December Mom brought forth her treasured love of the season, shining it's ever-growing light into even the darkest of corners. Mom bought the most beautiful trees, filling them with lights, ropes of mother-of-pearl washed Lucite beads and ornaments rare and fine. She took us caroling night after night. No church service was missed. Several times each December we all waited on long lines to see the Harvey's nativity scene at Centennial Park one more time, and one more time, and please, just one more time. Gingerbread houses were made and our own home shimmered with good cheer, carols and wonderful smells.

The love of my mother's life, my father, died suddenly on December 27th, 1957, when I was 9, my brother was 6 and my sister was 11. But my dear, dear mother put aside her grief long enough to steal Christmas from his coffin. She hid it away it in her heart and then gave it back to us, all warm and shiny, each and every year.
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A_SIZE6 12/11/2013 1:38PM

    I lost my father too when I was 15 years old. what a lovely tribute to your mom

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/5/2013 10:53PM

    Beautiful and such a statement of love!

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1SALMON1 12/4/2013 9:58PM

    And your mother is still giving Christmas to you, every year, through your memory of her. This is the truest and loveliest Christmas story I've heard maybe ever. Thank you for sharing -

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/3/2013 6:58PM

    Please accept my condolences on the premature loss of your father; you mother was heroic under the circumstances. Your writing is riveting, as always. emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 12/3/2013 3:43PM

    What a lovely tribute to not only your mom and family but the season, too. Really left a warm spot in my heart--thanks ;-)!

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SAINTBERNARD6 12/3/2013 12:41PM

    emoticon tribute

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BRENDA_G50 12/3/2013 11:44AM

    That was a beautiful tribute to your mom and dad. They sound like wonderful parents who truly loved each other and their precious children. Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories with us.

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 12/3/2013 11:19AM

  how beautifully written

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RACEWELLWON 12/3/2013 10:41AM

    Hugs but wonderful blog ! I can see your Moms Charm in you ! - No never saw anyone in Kedz - would love to see that piece of artwork ! Good Luck tomorrow - have procedure myself on the 12 of this month ! Long Story Hugs My Dear - may we all keep Christmas in out Hearts emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 12/3/2013 9:50AM

    how wonderfully written - thanks!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/3/2013 7:06AM

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JUDYAMK 12/3/2013 3:25AM

    Oh your Dear Mom even in her grief she held onto Christmas to give for her children! The Christmas bells emoticon will be ringing soon a reminder of that long ago when your Mom gave Christmas back!
Judy

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YMWONG22 12/3/2013 3:07AM

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