Notes from the past…


Advent Calendar 10 Dec 2009: Gifts

A few fond memories of the family get-togethers for Christmas and especially the gifts…

A couple of items come to mind: a doll as tall as I was and a portable record-player (OMG! How old am I ?!).

But what are really my favorite memories concern not specific gifts, but the process:

  • My aunt Kathy absolutely delighted in wrapping the best gifts herself. Why? She would use an entire roll of tape on a single package, making it almost impossible to open the gift!
  • My Uncle Dick,  having the baldest head in the family, would usually end up with way too many bows on his dome!
  • After all the gift-opening was finished, my grandmother and aunts would make the rounds through Nanny’s huge living room and gather up all the bows to be saved and re-used the next year.

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Advent Calendar 5 Dec 2009: Outside Decorations

I don’t really remember my grandparents’ house having Christmas lights. What I do remember is Christmas Eve when all the family gathered at their house. After dinner, after it had gotten good and dark outside, my Granddad and my uncles Troy and Jack would pile all us grandkids in the car and give us the grand tour of the neighborhood lights. By the way, the houses with blue lights are my favorites…

And what were my Nanny and Aunts Jan and Kathy up to while we were so conveniently out of the house?

Putting out each grandchild’s gifts in a certain part of Nanny’s big living room! We each had our own corners and when we returned from checking out the neighborhood lights, there were several stacks of carefully wrapped packages. My aunts would giggle and aim each of us to our areas, and the wrapping paper and bows would fly!