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A Family Christmas

Updated on December 26, 2012

Yes, food is important, but there was something more lasting.


First, setting the stage, and then the stage!

Picture a family Christmas in a one family home which included nine adults and 14 children.

Picture the opening of presents for all of those, and feeding all of those, and only one child getting hurt when his finger got pinched in a door (no broken bone.)

The scene is a happy one, cousins playing with cousins, remote-controlled cars, adult conversations and joking, bows and arrows in the snowy backyard, snowball contests and teasings, computer games, movies, and all the food and treats.

What you visualize is a quite prosperous and joyous Christmas, a little cramped at times, a little noisy much of the time, but a memorable Christmas.

One of the children did a tongue twister on the theme of "butter" and his dad offered to go outside in the fresh snow and do a snow angel in his T-shirt and slacks, if anyone could do the same tongue twister capably. The tongue twister was done impressively and rapidly to much applause, The dad's twin brother, however, immediately took the challenge and did the same tongue twister almost equally well, forcing his surprised brother to "pay the bet" by taking off his shoes and socks and doing a snow angel to the equal delight of all present.

For all of that, and more, what surprised and impressed everyone was this: the children were 15 years old down to not quite two, and composed of eight boys and six girls, and while the youngest could dance, and clap wildly, the rest proved to be musically inclined!

We had three violin solos, two vocal solos, a vocal duet, a flute and piano duet, two piano solos, a guitar solo, and a flute solo. All were capably done and with admiring (even surprised) applause, suggesting that future Christmas gatherings in the years to come may see the real "gifts" better displayed in musical talents than in things wrapped in paper or delivered to stockings!

That is as it should be. Music has always been associated with the celebration of Christmas from heavenly choirs to wonderful church music and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Children, too, have always been at the heart of Christmas, from the holy babe wrapped in swaddling and lying in a manger, to the wonder in the eyes of children worldwide over the centuries since that birth we celebrate at Christmas.

Parents, teachers, and family play their own key roles in nurturing what is best in the rising generation.

On this one special Christmas, in this one house, on an average suburban street in America, it all came together, and it showed.


Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ImKarn23 - Now we approach another Christmas and all that the season entails. May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases by white with purity. Merry Christmas!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      This sounds like a musical, magical christmas, my friend!

      Lucky you for having such a closeknit family who understands what's truly important!

      All the best to you and your loved ones in 2013!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Seems as if we aren't just whistling "Dixie" when it comes to being happy that other family members enjoy music enough to practice, practice, practice their way to Carnegie Hall. Have a Happy 2013!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great hub! My husband and I are both musicians--and this season is always especially busy musically--now we are in down time--but you are so right about music and its relationship to celebration--Happy holidays to you!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Thanks for sharing this P. I too had a great family Christmas, with my hyper talented niece and 3 nephews playing the violin.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this wonderful musical and magical Christmas. Sounds like a great time was had by all. Hope all of your wishes and dreams come true in 2013.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a beautiful Christmas day. The presents under the tree matter little when family and loved ones share this perfect day in wonderful ways…your hub is a joyous reflection of what this special holiday is all about.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      We should all be so lucky. Thank you for sharing. A real joy to read. ^

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It was indeed a wonderful Christmas, followed today by the whole crowd going to "Hang Time" the largest trampoline complex in the USA, where another "great time had by all" was held. Keep the holy days joyous as long as you can by continuing to serve others (family among them.)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Now that sounds like a musical Christmas, my kind! Thanks for sharing!!I pass it on.

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      mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Have a Happy New Year!

      Marcia Ours

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It did all come together and isn't that wonderful ! I think it is great that your family is musically inclined. So is mine and it is such a gift. Blessings in the New Year for you and yours. :) ~~Theresa

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      JThomp42 : Here's hoping yours was great in its own way, too.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Doesn't get any better than that. Thank you for sharing.