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Our Family's Christmases, Part 1

Updated on September 19, 2011

Remembrances of my childhood...

Few things can compare with the excitement a young boy feels at Christmas time. With all that’s going on he is totally captivated with the things that lead-up to the big day. When I was a boy the whole month of December was ‘the happenings’ from the parties at school leading to the two week holiday every year. Mom was welcome to see us boys want to go outside to get out of her hair while she prepared for all the guests and all the activities she had planned. Our home was always the gathering place and to mom everything just had to be perfect for it was a direct reflection on her being the lady of the house. My mother always invited her two sisters to come and join in the festivities and always had a special gift for them even though they were unable to get others presents. Mom always said that really didn’t matter because,”Christmas was for the givin’, not the receivin’” anyway.

As a child did you help cut you own Christmas trees?

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Christmas wreaths
Christmas wreaths

gather other greenery to make Christmas wreaths...

It was the boy’s responsibility to get the tree, and before the community started growing so much it was relatively easy to just go out and cut one.  We usually picked one out for ‘next year’ as we looked for this year’s choice but sometimes found that tree was gone when we went back the following year because of the new homes being built so rapidly in the western parts of our town.  Besides the tree, sometimes we boys would also gather other greenery to make Christmas wreaths for the front door or just to be lain around on top of Peggy’s old upright piano or across the mantle.  My folks had done away with the fireplace some years earlier because I had thrown my dad’s hat into the fire to watch it burn and also moved my little rockin’ chair so close once that the side caught on fire.  Mom said we needed to block-up the old fireplace before I burnt the house down.  They blocked up the opening and placed a large chair in front to hide the opening but mom wanted to keep the large mantle around the fireplace for sentimental reasons and would still decorate it each year always placing a nativity scene among all the greenery.

awaitin' her smooch
awaitin' her smooch

I learned to really like that part...

My brother Jack took me mistletoe hunting a time or two.  He would borrow a friend’s shot gun and we would head out toward Steeles Creek.  He said he knew of some woods with high clusters of mistletoe growing in the upmost branches and we would just shoot it out with the shot gun.  He let me try once and the recoil from the shot gun knocked me off my feet.  I remember he laughed and told me it was easier if you just lay on your back and aimed up at the high clusters overhead.  We would pick up a  grocery bag full and just gave it away to our neighbors keeping the best pieces to hang in our doorways and I learned from my older brothers that if you was to hold a little sprig of mistletoe over a pretty girl’s head you got to kiss her.  I learned to really like that part of the holidays.

a greater feeling of accomplishment...

I’m sure Christmas’ was enjoyed by all the children because of the presents received Christmas morning, but as I grew I learned that what mom had said when I was younger really made more sense as well as a greater feeling of accomplishment was had when your idea of Christmas changed from gettin’ to givin’.

© 2010 SamSonS

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Tammy L for you nice comments. I probably did get a whippin', that was before the Benjamin Spock era-

    Merry Christmas to you and yours...

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    Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

    And your parents didn't whip you for the hat trick? I could see the chair being an accident. Wonderfully told Christmas memories. Cherish them.

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks jacobkuttyta for stopping by and for your nice comment...

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    jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

    Interesting! Nice reading.

    Thanks

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    *thank you oceansnsunsets for your kind comments and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    *and thank you Kdban101 for your visit and for sharing your reminisce. Diwali seems delightful and Merry Christmas to you also.

    blessings...

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    Kdban101 6 years ago

    Very good hub, Diwali is the Big festival here, but the excitement and joy that we felt( and still feel:) ) is very much the same that you have described. We even celebrate Christmas, we are particularly fond of the cakes!

    Merry Christmas!

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    Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Great hub, love to hear about others Christmas stories or traditions. Would be fun to hunt for mistletoe and all the other things. Merry Christmas to you!

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you lifegate, for your uplifting remarks. I have two and maybe three more coming out in this series of Our Family's Christmases- May His grace be abundant in your life this Sunday and throughout the holiday season.

    blessings...

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    William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

    Samsons,

    Wonderful remembrances! Now I can watch that same excitement I had as a boy carry over to my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks nightbear for your comments, busy time of year haven't been on TagFoot or anywhere much this week. Hope you are enjoying all the 'build-up' before the holidays...

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks 2besure for sharing your kind remembrances. We got to see family we didn't even know we had...

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    You hub reminds me of my own childhood Christmases. Family from both sides of the family would gather at our house for days! I miss that.

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thank you Pam for your enjoyable and inspiring comments...

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    What precious memories. Christmas time is a wonderful time to reminiscence about those wonderful times when we were young. I very much enjoyed your hub.

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    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks CMerritt for your visit and your nice reflections and comments.

    *and thank you breathe2travel for you admirable comments and suggestions and kind regards to you my friend.

    blessings...

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    breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

    I like the wreath making idea. I was just considering this the other day for a project for my children & me.

    Thank you for sharing your childhood memories. I hope your hub inspires parents to invest the time & effort to create warm, joyous traditions & memories for their children. voted up & beautiful.

    warmest regards~

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    Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

    This is one season that always seems to bring back fond memories from our childhood. I know it does for me. Thanks for sharing your memories...