Our Family's Christmases, Part 3

Remembrances of my childhood...

Remember in parts 1 & 2 I mentioned the decorations, the preparations and the feeding of all the family and guest, so in this part I want to tell about the fun we kids enjoyed playing up until the big day and beyond. Of course we all hoped for a white Christmas each year and sometimes we got our wish; at least a few times it snowed before the family that was out of town got there. Either way we boys knew what to do when it snowed. We had one little sled at first, but there were times when we all (I’m speaking only of the boys here)would pile three high on that ole sled and fly down the road in front of our house trying to make the corner going down the side street to lengthen the run to a full two blocks. More often than not we would be unable to make the sharp ninety degree corner but rather piled up in the snow or the hedge next door at Ms Bronson’s house on the corner. We would laugh to no end and then pull the sled to the top of the hill and start all over.

Did you have a special place to sleigh ride as a child?

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the police would rope off 24th Street...

Now I was confined, because of my tender age, to the streets in front and to the side of the house or the big hill behind the school, but Jim and Jack could go anywhere in town to sleigh ride. Of course the deciding factor was how far did they want to walk, because that was the only way to get around during the big snows. Sometimes the police would rope off 24th Street for sleigh riding during the bigher snows because the traffic couldn’t make it up the big hills without chains. Some neighbors, the Wallings that lived on the corner of 24th and Anderson Street had a big bob sleigh and some years would ride it down the 24th Street hill if the snows were deep enough, but they had to use a jeep to pull it back up to the top each time. Sometimes one of the kid’s dad would donate an old tire so that a big bon fire could be built at the top of the hill and after the long ride down; then the climb back up the hill that bon fire sure felt good on those cold winter nights.

laughing we didn't notice the cold...
laughing we didn't notice the cold...

my favorite sleigh ride of all

My brothers told me of a new ride that they had made out behind the school and told mom they would watch over me real good so mom let me go with them. I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw what they were doing. The snow had covered the concrete steps behind the school and the sleigh run was right down those two flights of steps across the street that runs in front of the house and all the way down 22nd Street hill. It seems like it would be a bumpy ride but it wasn’t. In fact it was rather smooth until you got to the bottom of the first flight of steps and the sidewalk straightened out, but by that time you were going too fast to back out, you were already committed to the full ride. After you went down the second flight of steps and leveled out you almost jumped the road at the bottom of the hill before streaking down the 22nd street hill. That trip down those steps became my favorite sleigh ride of all and after nearly sixty years I can still remember the excitement of a little boy as he rode his sled during the holiday snows of his childhood.

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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

This hub remind me of some of the fun i had as a kid at christmas.

Thank you for sharing.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Angarastone for your friendship, your visit and your comments...

*and thank you kirutaye for sharing your reminisce. Come back anytime...

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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Hi Samson - Christmas, my favorite time of year. Your pics are like the Christmas cards and postcards my mom kept in a scrapbook from great grandparents long gone, but still remembered. Thank you for the trip through deja vu! We rarely got the snow you describe here, but we spent a lot of fun time outdoors

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks mwatkins for your visit and sharing your nice comments. May you enjoy this season with family and friends in remembrance of Him who made giving a blessing...

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This hub reminds me of all the great fun I had sledding when I was a child. Wonderful memories.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Susan for your kindness...

*and thank your Pam for sharing your reminisce...

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: Voted UP and Beautiful. I spent many an hour flying down my special hill on my tobaggan, but my most fun came from playing a game of road hockey with my friends, or heading over to the park rink and hours of playing shinny or hockey. My folks had to drag me away from the rink.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you my brother for your fine comments and for sharing your time of reminisce. I want to wish you and your family a most gracious and glorious Christmas.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

You bring back so many memories, I love reading your Hubs!! Your GREAT! Voted-up as always!!!!!!! Much love......

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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Again another story so beautifully written I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end.

May the wonderous joys of Christmas be with you and your loved ones.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks drpastorcarlotta for your gracious comments and ratings.

*and again Tammy L, thank you for your inspiring remarks, I better get this part 4 published quickly while your on a roll reading my hubs.

May the blessings of Christ be on you both...

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great christmas memories. Thank you for sharing your beautiful christmas memories. A blessed and merry christmas to you and your family samsons1. May you have the best of the yuletide season.May God's loving presence fill your christmas this year. Remain blessed and best regards

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you cristina327 for your gracious comments and may you share the peace that passes all understanding with all those you love this Christmas season.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Last year when I took my family to my home town in Central NY after Christmas we were greeted with several feet of snow. I took them to the hill I used to sled down as a kid. They never got tired of it. Our favorite ride was on an innertube. Full speed and out of control!

Thanks for the memories!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks fred for sharing your nice reminisce, and may God's grace be upon you and yours during this holy season.

Merry Christmas and blessings...

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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


In my town there is a huge hill. They used to rope it off during snow storms allowing us to sled down 1/4 of a mile. It was great. Thanks for the memories.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you lifegate for sharing your nice reminisce and encouragement.

Merry Christmas and blessings...

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prairieprincess 6 years ago from Canada

Awesome! I just saw you on Redgage, and now look forward to reading more of your hubs. I love your style ... very warm and engaging. I look forward to picking through your hubs at my leisure. Take care!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you prairieprincess for your gracious remarks, stop by anytime...

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