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Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Savior. I remember being shy and scared to death of getting up in front of people at church to recite my piece. On one occasion I stood behind a big plant and never heard the last of it from my older sister. The week before Christmas day was as exciting as the actual day. The special treat of divinity fudge and other goodies that Mum made just for Christmas.  Going into the woods and picking out the Christmas tree.  And the fun of decorating it.  Me and Jean were the two youngest and the most excited on Christmas morning to open our gifts.  If we weren't up before 5 a.m. dad would ring a cow bell at the foot of the stairs to get us up.  He enjoyed watching us open our gifts as Mum did all the shopping and wouldn't tell Dad what she bought as he couldn't keep a secret. One time he was rattling off stuff we were going to get (just teasing) and Mum telling us not to listen to "that old fool". lol  We always had dinner guests on Christmas and friends and family stopping by through out the day. When I got married and had the boys I continued the tradition I grew up with. Special goodies, with friends and family coming for meals or just to visit.  

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Comment by Ally Bryant on December 21, 2016 at 6:26pm
When I was a girl we my siblings one evening spent make paper chains and we would decorate the dining room, then on the weekend we would put up the fresh tree and put all the decorations on in the front room kept for special occasions. It was cooler in there so we would have hot chocolate and toast which we toasted on the open fire in the dining room come parlour.
We always went to church service on Christmas Day but opened our stockings early then when we came home from church the front room surprise was revealed. We had lots of nuts, sweets and dates and fig. Boxing Day was kept for all the relatives coming and we had left over turkey and goodies.
Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas.
Comment by Irene Gallway on December 20, 2016 at 11:39am

Janet, Mum made and sold fresh butter to the local store and clients who came to the house to get her butter.  We got a few toys but the money she earned bought our Winter clothes which we got for Christmas.

Comment by Connie/KS on December 20, 2016 at 9:10am

Merry Christmas Irene....loved your story!

Comment by Bonnie on December 19, 2016 at 6:22pm

thanks for the smiles that story made for me today!

Comment by Barbara Graham on December 19, 2016 at 4:35pm

Have a wonderful Christmas! The first Christmas tree I remember was imported to the Navy base at Pearl Harbor. It had to have been cut months before I saw it and sent by sea. It was probably more brown than green but I don't remember that part. It was beautiful to me! Most of my younger years the tumble weeds were fresher than the trees. It didn't matter. Now my son and DIL go out to cut their own tree so it will still be fresh (ish) when we arrive on Thursday. I can't wait to see those grandbabies (and my babies who are adult men). I still call the younger one Baby.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Comment by Janet/MO on December 19, 2016 at 3:35pm

My mom always made sure we had a good Christmas too.  Looking back I don't know how she did it, but she did!  At least this year we should have a white Christmas here in Mid-MO, which is kind of nice.

Comment by Shannon, ON on December 19, 2016 at 10:00am

Sometimes traditions change on their own. dd developed an allergy to real trees. the first year i couldn't even look at the fake one even tho it was very real looking. the older generation that used to visit is us now. but stockings for my 20 something kids are even more stuffed, so is the turkey, and dinner with just my 2 plus one is perfect. merry christmas everyone.

Comment by Irene Gallway on December 19, 2016 at 8:35am

Sharon your Christmas tradition sounds a bit like mine. We got to open a gift Christmas Eve as well. We use to go to Mum's only sibling the day after Christmas for another big meal. The past two years I have spent my Christmas having dinner with Bud at the nursing home. How things change as we get older.

Comment by Irene Gallway on December 19, 2016 at 8:31am

Comment by Irene Gallway on December 19, 2016 at 8:31am

Jodi, I like the walnut story. I bet that was fun.

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