My favourite holiday season of the year is upon us, and once again (for the 6th. time!) I would like to wish all of my readers and blogging buddies the very best for the Season, and for the coming New Year.
For me, Christmas holds many memories of years past, getting up in the morning and running to the living room to see the presents under the tree and hoping that Santa didn't forget our house. I still remember many of the gifts that I was so happy with too, waaaaay back then. Dolls; a tiny dishes set that my older sis Linda and I played with for hours; a nurse's kit complete with cap and cape; a toy piano (and a white toy organ that Linda got that I preferred to play with!)....... and the list goes on.
As years passed, the fun part of Christmas was helping to decorate the tree and the living room. We used to hang green and red paper streamers from the ceiling and then hang tinsel on them. When we were about 17 or so, Mom and Dad let Linda and I have very weak drinks, and I remember they were mainly 7-Up with a lot of cherry juice and maraschino cherries in it. I think the alcohol was a little gin. The family gathering around the table for our turkey dinner ~ us 4 girls and Mom and Dad, and my Mom could cook!
Not only that, but she could bake up a delicious storm too. Every year up until about 10 years ago or so, she would bake the same goodies that we all liked: sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, butter tarts, mincemeat tarts and Nanaimo Bars. I still remember the red and white cookie tin from the 1950's that held so many of these treats, wrapped in wax paper. It was the tin from the matching set of canisters, the now very old sugar canister that I still use in my own kitchen today. Ah the delights! And the memories! I wish that I could have one more Christmas with us all together, back home on the base in Cold Lake. I'd treasure every single moment.....
In later years and still today, Christmas holds the utmost importance of having family gatherings. Being with my loved ones (including get togethers over the holidays with good friends) is really ALL that it is about and that I enjoy. All of the "kids" in the family are now grown, the youngest being almost 13 and the oldest 33. Over the years I have gone from giving my neice and nephews toys and games, to books and lottery tickets.
Christmas has some sadness in it too, for most of us. Each Christmas Day I remember those who I dearly loved and are now watching over us; my Dad, my Mom, a late husband and a best friend. I celebrate with them, as I celebrate the time I had with them. So much love!
I know that you all have your own memories, good or bad. It was one year ago that our sister Brenda had her mastectomy, and all the scary stuff that came with it. Today she is doing well, thank God. Many today can't abide the commercialism of the Season and neither can I, but for me it's something I can easily ignore while I keep my warm and happy memories close to my heart, and enjoy the pretty lights and gatherings of loved ones. It's all I need at this time of year.
May each of you be blessed with a peaceful Christmas, and a Happy New Year. I count you all as blessings in my life!