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Treasured Christmas Memories

Updated on December 4, 2012

Once Upon a Time

Christmas looked like this! Well, in 1948 it was a black and white happening . . . but only on film.

How about this Father Christmas?

NOT one of the best of the friends and helpers of the 'real' Father Christmas I've ever seen, but obviously the man for the job on that particular day on that particular year! We can definitely see that Father Christmas on the main float at the Adelaide Christmas Pageant that year was the REAL one! This was obviously one of Santa's helpers, and he's actually lucky I didn't choose to hold on to his beard, for comfort or good luck or whatever. Could have been disastrous for all concerned.

I REALLY like my smile 'through gritted teeth' - don't you?

Thinking of Father Christmas reminds me of my Ted Bear story and one of the many Christmas Eves we shared, recounted on my lens about him - and I quote:

Didn't we sweat it out one hot Xmas eve, 'bearied' together deep beneath the covers, when we could hear Father Christmas at the foot of our bed, filling our stockings, as we lay there in mortal fear of the tiniest breath or movement betraying our wakefulness! Because everybody knows that if HE finds you awake, all bets are off, and there will be no presents for you this year, no sir - no way! Even all these years later, Ted and I agree that this was one of our 'closest encounters'.

This was one Christmas memory that lives on in both our hearts forever.

Adelaide's Christmas Pageant

The John Martin's Christmas Pageant began in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. It was a Christmas gift to Adelaide's families, to gladden the hearts of all, particularly the children. The extremely generous and altruistic benefactor was Sir Edward Hayward - the owner of the John Martin's department store in the heart of Adelaide. Of course, there will always be cynics to say it did his business no harm, and was a great PR job for the store - but he always insisted it was to bring some joy and colour back into many weary hearts, after the dreary Depression days.

Personally, I can tell you, he succeeded - big time. I was there from at least 1948, maybe earlier. My heart fills with happy memories still, and my eyes are getting suspiciously watery as I write about it.

History records the first procession comprised just 8 floats and 3 bands, with an estimated 200,000 spectators. Recent statistics suggest 60 floats, 15 bands, 164 clowns, etc.And whilst the spectators actually at the event number under 500,000, millions of people watch the televised event - all around the world. It has taken place every year, except for the war years of 1941-1944 - reinstated in the year of my birth. How thoughtful of Sir Edward!

Since 1934, the Pageant has ended with an impressive float with that grand old man - Father Christmas himself atop, waving and blowing kisses to all. He ends his journey at the John Martins' store, containing the beloved 'Magic Cave'. This is where he and his helpers take up residence to see and hear all the children's Christmas wishes and hopes for their Christmas presents. Careful records are kept, and copious lists made - and checked twice, we are told in a popular song.

For more information about the old beloved store 'Johnnies' and this rich tradition - you can visit Wikipedia -

The Pageant Store

And for the full story - I really think I have to write another lens about this phenomenon and the amazing man behind it all. Having researched this subject, and being, shall we say 'personally involved' - I can promise you, it's most interesting.

PS This year, the limited TV coverage here in South Australia was pretty rugged for the 79th anniversary of a pageant that draws the largest physical crowd in the world, and is televised to more people around the world than any other. Another treasured piece of history dropped. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the change of ownership of this great event - first to another Department Store, then a bunch of Credit Unions (who are claiming this as the 80th anniversary?? One of us can't count, it would seem.)

How incredibly sad for all the children who cannot physically be part of this wondrous pre-Christmas show - like country kids; those in hospital or sick or incapacitated at home; those whose parents can't even afford to bring them into the city - the list goes on.

A financially correct and sound decision, no doubt. Tell that to the little children!

Remembering the reason for it's beginning, it's a bitter pill to swallow for the child within those of us who well remember when . . .

The Famous Pageant - ...in Adelaide, South Australia

More memories

Christmas lights display on the banks of the River Torrens, near Adelaide, at the old Southwark brewery (now West End Brewery).

Mum & Dad took us there every year on Christmas Eve to enjoy the whole display from the footpath high above, on the other side of the river. How absolutely beautiful they were, twinkling away on the river bank, as a million stars twinkled in the clear skies above us. And then Dad would take us for a long and leisurely drive around other Adelaide suburbs to see the Xmas lights in shops along the way - but mostly to see individual houses that had gone all out in decorations of their homes. In those years, in Australia, only the wealthy could afford to do this - and provide so much happiness for we 'average' families. (Might add, Mum & Dad's plan with this big drive around was to tire us out so Father Christmas could make his visit to the pillowcase on the end of our beds - and not find us still awake!)

As adults, and before the additions to our own family, we often took my widowed Mum there to revisit - usually around midnight - following a wonderful Danish Christmas Dinner the extended family all shared at our in-laws, on our way home to our dairy farm at Parawa, about 1-1/2 hours drive south of Adelaide. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane for us all. Many years later, we would do the same with our three kids, (and still with my Mum...their beloved Gran, too). Again, it would usually be around midnight - and again, on our way home to Parawa, to have our Christmas Day on the farm - after milking.

This display is added to every year - and I believe, is still beautiful to this day. We have not seen it for the past 12 years we have lived in the South East, some 5 hours away from Adelaide . . . but the memories are as clear and treasured as ever.

This was a daytime photo from the very first display in 1959.

The following are the promised photos I now have permission to use. In South Australia we had a special TV program - 'Postcards', showcasing many special things to see and do in South Australia. The host of this show was a 'true gentleman' named Keith Conlon. I would like to demonstrate his generosity - and my sincere gratitude - by showing you exactly what he wrote to me, himself:-

Hello Christine

Delighted to grant permission for the pix to be used in your Squidoo article. Do you need them in higher resolution?

Please send me a link to your piece when it goes up.

Happy Christmas

Keith Conlon

And the best and most blessed Christmas to you too, Keith.

PS: This beautiful TV program 'Postcards' was abruptly and without warning, axed due to budget cuts - to the deep sorrow of countless South Australians - and many viewers and tourists from around the world. Read Keith Conlon's farewell. - a fine gentleman to the last. Another hard-nosed executive decision. Another precious baby tossed out with the bathwater. Another unfathomable decision, despite top ratings and public outcry against this lopping, despite 16 highly successful years. How we treasure the memories of having lived most of our lives in another era, when priorities were chosen 'for' the benefit and well-being - and desires of the average man. Those were the days . . .

The West End Brewery Christmas Lights 2009 - ...as featured on 'Postcards'

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Away in a MangerThere's no way to capture it ALL - you just have to be there!Thor and - maybe 'The Man's' Actual Workshop?Thor doing what he does best.HIS home?The Old Brewery Delivery TruckSnow White and the Seven DwarfsAnother l-o-n-g shot.Christmas presents galoreThe Grandest Old Man of the Year!
Away in a Manger
Away in a Manger
There's no way to capture it ALL - you just have to be there!
There's no way to capture it ALL - you just have to be there!
Thor and - maybe 'The Man's' Actual Workshop?
Thor and - maybe 'The Man's' Actual Workshop?
Thor doing what he does best.
Thor doing what he does best.
HIS home?
HIS home?
The Old Brewery Delivery Truck
The Old Brewery Delivery Truck
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Another l-o-n-g shot.
Another l-o-n-g shot.
Christmas presents galore
Christmas presents galore
The Grandest Old Man of the Year!
The Grandest Old Man of the Year!

A Sobering (?) Story

. . . of Christmas Past

Read All About It In My Ezine article

'A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to Christmas'

Christmas Tree...Oh Christmas Tree - ...being decorated by 'Our Cherubs Three'

Some years after we discovered we could not have children - and had spent much time impatiently waiting for a baby to adopt - we gave deep consideration to 'special needs' kids, and made the decision to adopt an older child. Our first was Brett - aged 4years and 3 months. In the next few years we would add Nicky, aged 18 months, and then Michaela, also 4+ years old. They each came to us with huge emotional problems. It was a bitter-sweet experience for us to create and share SO many 'firsts' with each of them. (Can you imagine having your 'first' birthday party - when you are 5 years old?!)

Prior to our first 'with child' Christmas, we took Brett to see the famous Adelaide Christmas Pageant, followed by a visit to the equally famous 'Magic Cave' in John Martins' department store. I honestly believe the three of us enjoyed it all equally. It was really something for me, having grown up attending this event every year . . . now revisiting after so many years - and as seen through the eyes of a child once again. I get teary in the remembering.

Some days later, as another 'early' Christmas present, I put up and decorated our Xmas tree, plus other decorations all around the house, while Brett was having his afternoon nap. When he woke, he came out of his bedroom, into my arms for cuddles, rubbing sleepy eyes and not focussing on anything past nuzzling into my neck for a bit. Then suddenly, he was wide awake - eyes huge as he saw all the glitter and glow of tinsel and baubles and Xmas lights on the tree, and everywhere he looked. At first he was speechless and gasping, "oh...oh...oh-h-h!" And then,

"Oh WOW! It's Mummy's Magic Cave!"

And I had thought I was the one giving the 'early' Christmas present!!

But Sometimes, Downunder in Oz

. . . it Looked Like This!

NOT a pretty picture . . . but FUNNY!

Father Christmas certainly does have some questionable friends and helpers! Despite the best efforts of another 'Mother Christmas' (not the 'real' one) to feed this one up, there was no chance to fatten this dairy farmer at the busiest time of his life!

Once we became parents, our tradtion on the farm, was always to leave a bucket of water, a couple of carrots and a small pile of hay outside for the reindeers - and a glass of Raspberry cordial and the first piece cut from the Christmas Cake for Father Christmas (everyone else had to wait until Christmas Day!). We agonised at length about wishing to leave OUR drink of choice - Port - for the jolly old gentleman, but the final decision was reached that his drink MUST be non-alcoholic due to all the miles he still had to drive to get home to the North Pole . . . but it was unanimously agreed it MUST be a red drink - and that we maybe should include a few of my special homemade Xmas bikkies, too.

An old friend and neighbour thought it a great idea to hand-make a tiny bale of hay, for their firstborn to put outside the door on the first Christmas Eve he could understand it all. Great idea Dad - except that two more kids and some 10 Christmases later he was still making . . . 3 hand-made bales of hay, annually - whilst assuring himself (with a very tight grin) that he really was having a great Christmas . . . so far!

Gold Wrapping Paper

..a Beautiful Xmas Story

The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and she became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her mother the next morning and then said,

"This is for you, Momma."

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was empty. She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner.

"Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?"

She had tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Momma, it's not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full."

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put her arms around her little girl, and she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box by her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems she would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us, as human beings, have been given a Golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and GOD. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold

Is there anyone out there who doesn't have Treasured Memories of this Celebration of Love and Joy?

And So This Is Christmas - ....Again and Again

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Aww, I just love this page and the memories ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cool! That's a lot of pleasant memories... :)

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Treasured memories are rewarding. thanks for introducing me to life lived downunder. Interesting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow lovely lens. Thanks for this.

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      A lovely and well-written remembrance. I am at my brother's house in Arizona. His younger daughter is four now. SquidAngel blessings.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I love reading memories like the ones you shared here. It has made my day before Christmas Eve so much brighter. Blessed. Have a very merry Christmas downunder!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I absolutely loved reading about your wonderful memories. Our family stories are the most important thing we pass down, aren't they? More treasured than monmey or furniture or a fancy vase, these treasured memories tell us who we are and where we came from. What better gift is there to possess? Wonderful. Thank you for a fabulous lens. Merry Christmas!

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      laurenjane13 5 years ago

      This brought me into tears..I always have a soft spot for things like this..Great lens by the way.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Love the old Christmas photos - it's a good time of year for nostalgia.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Brings back fun memories! Thanks

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I loved the story about blowing kisses! Very creative and enjoyable lens.

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      Your lens hits the spot! You capture treasure Christmas memories and make us think about what its all truly about!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Christmas as a kid was a hoot, and now with kids it's still a hoot!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Great lens... memories are a treasure :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it's vulcan not thor at the west end xmas lights

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it's vulcan not thor at the west end xmas lights

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had a good laugh at your Santa. You made me think about my Christmas past.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had a good laugh at your Santa. You made me think about my Christmas past.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to let you know that this lens has been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :-)

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      Katwoman55 6 years ago

      @Bruno_e_Stefania: Hello. Please share your memories! Yours are just as beautiful as any one of us humans here on earth! So you can come to my page and check it out if you like, and tell me about your interesting way of celebration of the winter season! Thanks. I cannot wait to know of your ways from your family's joy.Smiles.

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      Katwoman55 6 years ago

      @Bruno_e_Stefania: Hello. Please share your memories! Yours are just as beautiful as any one of us humans here on earth! So you can come to my page and check it out if you like, and tell me about your interesting way of celebration of the winter season! Thanks. I cannot wait to know of your ways from your family's joy.Smiles.

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      Katwoman55 6 years ago

      Such a delightful page! I love it and hey, congratulations! Awesome work! I welcome backlinks here on Squidoo, so feel free to bring info to my pages! I am Kat. Glad to "meet" you.Smiles.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      You brought tears to my eyes. Gorgous stories and what a wonderful spirit you have. Featured now on Squidoo LOTD Lenses.

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      Don't you just love memories of past holidays? Good lens, see you around the galaxy...

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      amy1980 6 years ago

      Love your santa claus pic :) Fantastic@

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Christine, the West End Brewery Christmas Lights are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. And, I loved your Ezine article about a 'funny thing happening on the way to Christmas'. Brought back some of my memories of 'Christmases Past' where things did not go smoothly! Merry Christmas!

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      rcamoro 6 years ago

      Its nice to remember the happy christmas memories

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Great lens, great memories to share although I am a little disturbed by the Santa in shorts and boots. Nevertheless, consider it blessed!!

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      soaringsis 6 years ago

      Thank you, for sharing your Treasured Memories , a well deserved LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I really enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories.

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      Vladimir 6 years ago from Australia

      Congrats on the well deserved LOTD

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      As soon as I saw the picture I knew that you were about the same age as me. I have picture of myself with the same hairstyle and the same ribbons! I enjoyed your reminiscences about Christmas Past, but find it hard to imagine a hot and sunny Christmas!

      Seasons Greetings from Limousin, France (where we are snowed in).

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      We all have treasured memories of Christmas. It may not be as spectacular or grand with others but it surely placed a marked in our lives & hearts.

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      Me, the wordsmith stuck for words? Never! But, how can I tell you how full my heart is with SO many truly beautiful comments and good wishes? I've been shedding a tear or three, myself over them all - because what you have been expressing is exactly what this lens was designed for - to increase Love and Memories - and a heightened awareness of these - the most special 'treasures' we each possess. You have no idea how very much this means to me right now - and what great joy you give me.

      Deepest gratitude to all.

      Christine

      PS Permission for use of the especially beautiful night photos of the Brewery Christmas Lights has been given and I will be adding them very soon - with a special note of recognition to the presenter of the TV show that featured them. Yet another blessing!

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      AbyZaas 6 years ago

      wow... very nice, you should be a writer haha

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great Christmas memories! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love your stories about life in Australia... a part of the world I'll probably never see. Thanks so much for sharing your perspectives with us, Christine!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautifully written. congrats on LOTD. I really enjoyed reading your Treasured Christmas Memories.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Beautiful lens. Merry Christmas.

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      techinsightsonline 6 years ago

      Excellent Lens!

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      blujeanmomma 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I think that every once in a while we have to stand back during this busy season and appreciate what we have and how the people in our lives make the season as special as it is. I so much enjoyed being able to read your memories of this season and it filled my heart with joy.

      Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. Congratulations on LOTD! Now it's time for me to go grab a few tissues.

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      JenaleeMortensen 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your Christmas Memories. Thanks for sharing them.

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      There should be a warning to keep the kleenex handy! LOL Congrats on LOTD and Merry Christmas.

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      admiralglass lm 6 years ago

      Wow your lens really got to me, stories like these make you think deep, so thank you and a merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      Had to wait for the tears to clear up before continuing to read in several spots. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Well, as I sit here blubbering after reading your special memories and stories I have to tell you what a lovely lens this is and I want to thank you so much for sharing it.

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      Jen 6 years ago from California

      Congrats on LotD! Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Christmas is always a special time, and Christmases Past hold many dear memories for sure. Your memories, shared here, are very dear. Thank you. Congratulations on receiving a very worthy LOTD and may I extend my ~~SquidAngel Blessings~~

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      BarbaraCasey 6 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving LOTD. Love your hunk-in-the-beard Santa. Super photo memories here.

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      Cath1125 6 years ago

      Great Lense, congrats on LoTD. We have started spending christmas in sunny Florida and it is so different from Christmas in Ireland. We love it.

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      glowchick 6 years ago

      Love this lens, congrats on being LOTD :)

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I love these memories you have shared, that Santa from down under is so funny! Congrats on LOTD! Linda

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      SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

      Fabulous stories

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      Bruno_e_Stefania 6 years ago

      Being in the other side of the globe, it's nice to recognise in this lens the same stories my parents and grand parents tells me about christmas.

      Congrats on getting the Lens of the day

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful Christmas Memory lens. Congratulations on LOTD

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on getting Lens of the Day for this beautiful traditional Christmas lens. Lensrolled to Christmas at AJs.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      As a denizen of the Northern Hemisphere, I have trouble wrapping my head around Father Christmas in shorts. Thanks for a lens that makes me think of Christmas in a different way.

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      GmaSoup 6 years ago

      Great story. Love the family history. A very touching story of the little girl and her mother, makes us all think. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the photo of Father Christmas! Awesome lens. =)

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      dreameater 6 years ago

      amazing lens! Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Tom Fattes 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great Christmas stories and memories. Something to be cherished.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      SugarB 6 years ago

      Congratulations! I truly enjoyed this lens.

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      Mayapearl 6 years ago

      This is such a great lens. Even though I fleetingly miss my Europeen Christmasses I have nicely adapted to the hot Queensland beach Christmas. I will lensroll it to my own christmas-recipes-from-around-the-world

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely Christmas memories!Cngrats on the LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wishing you a Christmas of Treasure this year...congrats on the LOTD...it is so well deserved!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Delightful reading. I wish more people would record their childhood memories. These memories are each unique in some way and deserve to be preserved

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love Christmas!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your stories in this wonderful lens ~ it was nice to read about Christmas Down Under ~ congrats on LotD and all the best this Christmas season! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD.

      A beautiful Christmas lens and the sweet memories.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens keepupthe good work.

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      SylvianeNuccio1 6 years ago

      Wonderful what you did for children in need. Thanks for sharing.

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your stories. The one with the box full of kisses got me. A well deserved lens of the day, congratulations

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      All of my childhood Christmas memories are great ones! May God bless you for bringing this beautiful lens to us at Squidoo.

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Wow!! What a beautiful story!! God bless you and your family!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful and most deserving of Lens of the Day, thank you so much, I loved it (and shed a few tears too). Squidhugs, Kathy

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      This is a great lens for the holiday, so many experiences! See you around the galaxy...

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens - congratulations on a well-deserved lens of the day. The wrapping paper tale brought tears to my eyes too.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      I'm sure these memories are very comforting for you. Family is everything. Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      This gives me a great idea to make a special album of only Christmas Past pictures. We have christmas pics but none of them are grouped all together with years past. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Anita Jayne Dale 6 years ago

      Oh yes thank you for reminding how many wonderful Christmases I had and how precious are the invisible gifts!

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      kimmie1967 6 years ago

      Wonderful story of the gold wrapping paper, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Congrats on LOTD!! I like the pics! :)

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      george185 lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, your lens deserves it.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Beautiful memories. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Nice to read about your Christmas from yesteryear.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for sharing these beautiful Christmas memories. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Christmas memories are always near to our hearts! Congrats on LOTD!

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      raegal75 6 years ago

      Loved reading your stories! I can just picture you laying there trying to not breathe while your stockings were being filled! Congrats on LOTD

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      cwarden 6 years ago

      Beautiful! Congratulations - well deserved!

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      onlinebusiness11 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      cherylsgifts2go 6 years ago

      Your story was written so well. I enjoyed reading about your Christmas Memories.

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      costinget 6 years ago

      Great LotD! Thank you for sharing!

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      Great lens! I really liked the "gold wrapping paper" story. Congrats on LotD!

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      Great job on LotD, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice lense for Christmas! Congrats on LOTD :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      Wonderful Christmas memories! Congrats on LOTD!!!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      Sportate 6 years ago

      What wonderful Christmas memories. They give me tears reading them. Such special moments of magic and love.