57 "It Was a Special Christmas to Me"

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A more recent photo of the house in the story.
A more recent photo of the house in the story.
A more recent photo of the house in the story.

My most memorable Christmas.

A Special Christmas to Me

Everyone I have talked to in recent years agree with me that Christmas has become so commercialized that it really isn’t fun anymore. When the holiday does finally come around it feels more like a chore than a joy.

I can remember when we would have Halloween and look forward to Thanksgiving. And one of the biggest joys was to see the faces of the children when it was time for Santa Clause to make his first appearance the day after Thanksgiving in the stores, shopping centers and malls. It seems that tradition has been replaced by “Black Fridays” and the trampling of people. That first day that everyone seems to forget all about the real joys of the holidays. There is no holiday spirit, just the fact that everyone has to be first in the door, no matter what the cost or danger to others. This gets worse every year. Open the stores earlier and get more people in the doors. The whole thing adds up to Greed. (But, that’s another story I am working on.)

Now days you can start seeing Santa Clause for pictures in the malls as early as the day after Halloween. Christmas decorations are in the stores for sale almost all year. All so someone can make more money.

Well, I am going to tell a little story about what Christmas really is, at least to me.

Christmas is the making of real memories, not about how much money you can spend on someone, or what kind of good deals you can get. Nor is it about how big or expensive of a gift you may get.

It is about what you leave in a person’s heart and in their memories.

My favorite Christmas story;

My dad and mom were divorced before I was five years old. My mom married a very special man that treated my 2 sisters and me as if we were his children.

Anyway, this story happened when I was about 6 years old. My 2 sisters were 5 and 7 years older than me.

We never really had a lot in those days, except a happy family. At this time we were living in Wray, Colorado. We were living in a house that was at the end of a road at the bottom of a slight hill. There was a field on the opposite side of the house with a forest and a creek also.

The house wasn’t big. I remember it being brown with a peaked roof. There was a front yard and a small parking area in front with a small driveway down one side.

Now that you have a bit of a layout of the scene, I will proceed to tell about my most memorable Christmas as a child.

For two days before Christmas Eve there had been a steady snow fall, not deep, just a good covering. On Christmas Eve Farrell, our step-father, decided he was taking us all out to dinner. I don’t remember where we went or what we had. What I do remember is what happened later that evening.

As we drove home Farrell had my mom, my sisters and me singing Christmas Carols with him. He was really in the Christmas spirit for some reason. For the record, my mom had a beautiful voice. As we turned on to our street and going down the slight hill, we turned to go into the driveway and all I remember were my eyes opening wide and it being hard to catch my breath.

That night the moon was bright and almost glowing in the moonlight as though it was planned, on the roof of the house was the most amazing sight of my young life.

There in the glow of the moon, on the roof, were what appeared to be sleigh and reindeer tracks.

How he ever did that or arranged that I will never know or be able to ask him. He disappeared from our lives when I was about 13 years old. My half brother was able to find him a few years ago and about a year later he passed away. But that is another story.

What I was getting at in this story is the fact that some of the simplest deeds can leave some of the strongest memories. This one has stayed with me for 58 years and it has to be one of my best Christmas’ ever, if not the best.

Why can’t we just go back to the real meaning of Christmas?


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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

What a wonderful story and how exciting for that special man to do this for you and your siblings..or did he? hummm

Thank you for sharing..Your message is so good..All my children will be home this year except for one and I have starting celebrating not the gifts and hype but the thought of family under one roof for a special time.

Happy Holidays,


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Sunnie, The family is the most important thing. I will some day have a complete family holiday, I hope.

Thank you so much. Greg

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great story, I'm sure your family will love to join you for the holidays. We will be three this Christmas as my most of my own family live in England and a younger sister lives in Florence Italy.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great story! I agree give me an old-fashioned simple Christmas any day.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Writer and Gypsy, Thank you both for the visit and the comment. For the record, the picture of the house on the hub is the same haose. I was able to go there and take some pictures. That is included in my hub "A Trip Back in Time". Again, thank you. Greg

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JLSB 5 years ago

Hey brother this was a good Christmas, but do you remember the first Christmas we had in California??

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Sis, Yes I do. That was the one on Sheila Street where I brought the tree hime from school.

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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Nice story gregas! You must have been so excited. I remember one late Christmas eve, we (my brothers and sister and I) were all in our beds, supposed to be sleeping and I heard Santa's sleigh and reindeer on the roof! I got up and looked out the window, but did not see them fly away. I don't know how it happened. I didn't ask, but I believed it at the time, still do!

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Gregas,

What a wonderful Christmas memory!

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Snake and Sue, That was a wonderful Christmas memory. I am writing my whole life story and when I came across that mwmory I thought I would share it with the hubs. I have a few more that I will probably share as I write. I am writing my life story for my kids and actually for myself just in case I start forgetting as I get older. I really surprise myself and others as to how much I really do remember. I just don't ever want to forget. Not even any bad things. They are part of what made me the way I am today. Thank you, Greg.

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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Merry Christmas. what a wonderful story and memory. I loved your story. I hope everyone will get to read your sweet story. I love memories like this as we were children... I voted up and beautiful.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Deborah, Thank you for the follow, the visit, the vote and the comment. I am trying to record all of the memories I still have. The good out weigh the bad so I never want to forget themas I get older. And Merry Christmas to you too. Again, thank you, Greg

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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

Excellent story! Voted up and sharing! Merry Christmas : )

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for the follow, the vote and comment. It felt good remembering this one. Greg

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Loved your story.

I was going through my Christmas decorations yesterday and looking at all the kiddy stuff I had. I told my husband I was getting rid of most of that. Our kids are grown so are our granddaughters. No small children in the family. Girls all think Santa Claus stuff is silly.

I remember my husband went out the door one night with bells and rang them outside our kids rooms. The kids got all excited they were sure it was Santa. They ran to the kitchen by the time they got there my husband was standing there with a cup of coffee like he hadn’t been outside. They still talk about that.

Merry Christmas.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Moonlake, Thank you for the follow, the visit nd the comment. Some memories come natural and some you have to make happen. But once you have those memories, do whatever you have to so that you never lose them. They are important as you get older. That was a memory that both you and the girls recall. Write about so it will always be there. I am writine a record of my life as I remember it. I am finding that there are some points that I have a hard time recalling. This is one I needed to share. I will be publishing another story today about a part of my life that was important to me. Enjoy your memories. Greg

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas!!!!!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Merry Christmas for sharing this beautiful gem and here's to sharing many more on here.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Eiddwen, thank you nd I hope you and your whole family have the merriest of Christmas'. Greg

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dreamingfitness 5 years ago

Thank you for the story. I just came across it today. We had a marvelous Christmas. Grandchildren make it so fun. Voted up.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dreaming, Thank you fou for the visit, comment and vote. Yes, the children, grand children, and in my case, even grandchildren and great-grandchildren, make for wonderful Christmas'. Greg

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I loved your story Greg, what a very special memory to treasure always, thank you for sharing with us.

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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

A great story Greg and even though I'm 57 I still believe. That wasn't your pop doing the tracks the big guy showed up for sure.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi MM, Thank you for the visit, the follow and the comment. Memories can be amazing, good ones, or even not so good ones, all in how you look at them. They are there for a reason. Have a great New Year. Greg

Hi Hmrjmr, Thank you for the follow, visit and the comment. If we ever stop believing in certain things, then we learn to believe in something else. Believing in him is good at any age. I'm 64 and I still believe, it's just that at times he needs a little help to keep the beliefs alive. Have a great New Year. Greg

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, gregas! This was a wonderful hub. LOVED every word. Every memory. You took me on a pleasant journey back to my childhood where my surroundings were much like this. Voted UP and all the way! Thank you for sharing your talent, and life, with us.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Kenneth, Thank you for the visit, comment and vote. I am glad you enjoyed the read. I am writing a book about my life, mainly for my kids and grandkids, but if people enjoy this, maybe others might enjoy my story too, even though I'm not famous. Thank you. Greg

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


Hello. And you are very welcome for the truthful comments I gave to you. Great. Good for you to be writing a book about your life. ONLY YOU KNOW YOU THE BEST so go for it! And Im sure that the kids/grandkids will love it and your friends too. YOU DO NOT need fame to be good. Kenneth

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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

What a great story.

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Bill Yovino 5 years ago

Very nice story. I know that when I dig into my past to write a hub, it's like I'm going back in time to relive the experience. It also help spur other memories.

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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Bill, Thank you for the visit and the comment. I am working on my life as I remember it and these little points of time come up and I invision them as a hub. Another hub that came from my past is "Natural Love"- a boy and a dog. Greg

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