Christmas 2002 – the gifts always swallow the tree!
Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Today I wanted to do a non-beauty related “Talk to Me Tuesday” to find out what your favorite holiday memory has been or a favorite holiday tradition that you do every year – so whether you celebrate Christmas or another special holiday, I’d love for you to share!
I grew up in a large family in Nebraska, (I am the oldest of nine siblings), and my dad came from an even larger nest (he was the second oldest of 14!) so Christmases were always a very large and loud family affair to say the least! The laughter was jubilant, the house was jam-packed and the food was amazing! My best memories are of celebrating at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house (14 children), and while it was rare for everyone to be able to make it at Christmas every year, it was still very full in the farmhouse! We would always celebrate on Christmas Eve and have a homemade soup supper – Oyster, Chicken Noodle (with homemade noodes!), Vegetable and Chili – and enough desserts at the table to give you a belly-ache! In my Grandma’s house she had a “parlor” area that would close off with wooden sliding doors and so after the soup supper, we would wait in the living room as the doors were closed (we were warned not to peek through keyhole in the door) and we waited for Santa to arrive with our presents! We could hear him moving around and sometimes we would see a flash of red by accident if we caught a peek through the keyhole! When Santa was finished “delivering” the presents he would ding the bell to indicate we could open the doors and see what he left! I can almost feel the excitement to this day.
While I have many more memories of Christmas celebrations past, this is the one that sticks in my mind the most – although I wish I could convey to you the noises, the laughter and the smells so it would be even more real to you too!
What is your favorite memory from the holidays or a tradition you have? I’d love to know!