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Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It is Christmas Eve. We are warm and safe. I shopped for groceries yesterday. Today I will get busy baking. It is quiet here. At my stage in life the holidays bring back memories.

The year our daughter was born was the first time my parents came to Ontario for a visit. They were not here for Christmas but it was in December just before the Big Day. My cousin also brought my grandparents that year for their only visit.

Then there was the year after we had moved to this house. Mom and Dad came in time to attend our sons' Christmas program at school and other activities at church. I remember Mom and the kids rolling out cookies together.

After Dad died, Mom and my brother and his two children flew up for Christmas one time. They missed the first day of their vacation because their flight was delayed due to bad weather, much like many who are trying to get home this year. My niece and nephew were not thrilled to be away from home at Christmas. I understand their feelings but we sure were glad they were here.

My sister has been with us for a couple Christmases. One year she was working in Texas and flew into Detroit where we picked her up. Another time, she was back in Canada near Ottawa. She, her son, his wife and baby drove here. That was a full house but it was fun.

Now my husband and I are alone. My parents are gone. My brother and sister have teen and adult children and stay with them. We drive to spend time with our own adult children and our grandchildren. We are glad our drive is only about 30 minutes. After our move to Ontario, we were never able to make the trip back to Nova Scotia for Christmas The risk of being caught somewhere because of bad weather always held us back.

So many memories and as I tried to dredge them up, I realize that I must take time to start writing them down before they fade completely.

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    I have my first valentine card from DH I was 19 years old. I have three huge boxes of cards I sometime take out the year and get rid of the ones that I can be rid of. The precious ones I still keep. I neglected to date them in the early days.
    I am so very happy to be reading this blog. I do love to read them as do others. Well done Judy. DH and I are alone, our kids are too far to get to safely and so we are just the two of us. We had huge power outages we did not realize the damage that was done to the trees and power lines. We felt bad being trapped in, but at least we had power.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS ((((HUGS))) and much love Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1543 days ago
    I'm a card saver too... and I enjoyed your memories of Christmases gone by.
    Have a warm and loving day tomorrow with your family, giving them memories to reflect upon some day. emoticon
    1543 days ago
    I save my favorite Christmas cards and in that box is a letter I have written to myself every year since I was 10 about what happened that Christmas. Who was there, what we did, what we ate, what Santa brought...that kind of thing. It is one of my most priceless treasures. I go through the box and read them all and I read a wonderful story from a Guideposts Christmas Treasury about Wallace Purling and how he changed the Christmas play forever for his audience. It's really my only tradition after all these years. No matter where I am, working or not, I take an hour to relive those Christmases past!!

    Do write yours down. They are so meaningful later on!!
    1543 days ago
  • LIS193
    Glad you're staying warm - the weather is awfully chilly where you are and I know some people in the Toronto area that have lost power for a few days now..
    1543 days ago
  • JAROL7
    I'm going to go to my daughter's house and sing "Happy Birthday to Jesus" tomorrow. May the true meaning of Christmas consume your busy life.
    1543 days ago
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