The Twelve Days of Christmas

I’ve always loved the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas and I thought it would be fun to use it as a theme for the 2nd half of my month of Christmas posts. We all have fond and not so fond Christmas memories and sometimes they make good stories (even the miserable ones), especially if you’re drinking really good and heavily spiked eggnog.

But my twelve days of Christmas aren’t about pear trees, milking maids or golden rings – mine are my twelve most memorable Christmases. Some are sweet, some a little sad and some are pretty funny.

Many of my memories are snatches of this or that. Like my sister’s habit of opening my presents after she got bored with hers and then running into my room to tell me what I got. Of course I made her go back and rewrap them but for sure, the surprise was gone once I saw the packages.

Or my mother’s habit of getting into a snit with my dad just as we were sitting down to Christmas dinner.

Or the fact that for years Mom hid the presents in the cubby hole in her room and we would check it out daily for weeks before Christmas. The only mystery was who was getting what. You’d think she would have chosen a different hiding place once in a while.

Or the forced photos standing before the tree showing off your presents.

The smell of turkey and the taste of perfect gravy oozing on home made mashed potatoes, my aunt’s Christmas aspic made of lime jello, walnuts, carrots and raisens oh and her pumpkin bread.

Falling asleep at the window trying to stay awake to see if there really was a Santa Claus. And the joy I felt when it snowed on Christmas Eve because I knew that meant that it was really going to be a perfect White Christmas.

Christmas trees and Christmas lights. School Christmas concerts – countless favorite Christmas songs and movies. These are all the things that I think of when I think of Christmas.

So prepare yourselves folks, I’m walking down memory lane for the next few days and I hope you don’t mind strolling along with me.

WC

7 thoughts on “The Twelve Days of Christmas

  1. Isn’t it funny how as kids we ‘poo-poohed’ the idea of all the corny old things our parents did at Christmas….now as adults we are repeating all those efforts for a more traditional Christmas?

    Yeah, well I guess it just goes to show you that once we become adults we catch whatever that adult virus is. What a drag. LOL. Seriously though, I always liked the holidays and the traditions, even going to midnight mass. But I was a weird kid.
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  2. my aunt used to make so much food (enough to feed a real army) that you would go knowing you were bringing food home. Which (as a young adult) I LOVED-i knew i didn’t have to shop or cook for at least a week, but people don’t tend to over make anymore so i’ve noticed that that tradition has kind of faded…..

    My favorite memories are when mom would give the green light to put up the tree & decorating. I always loved helping to decorate and put up the tree. Going back through all of the ornaments (a lot a crappy ones i made-hehehe) and than we would light the tree and just stare at it for a long time. We’d have X-Mas music on and than we’d make hot chocolate and popcorn that night while we watched TV and our tree.

    I don’t really remember specific food items, except that I always looked forward to Ham and stuffing, because quite frankly, no one in my family can cook a turkey without drying out completely, so turkey was never one of my favorite things….

    Peace & Merry X-Mas
    FC

    Well my darling, that’s because you’ve never had any of my turkey which is never dry, always moist, usually there are few leftovers and the stuffing and gravy to die for. Email me and I’ll send you the secret.

    Wow, looks like you and Ma had nice Christmases together – she was considerably more mellow at that point. 😉
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  3. Oh my. Christmas memories. I think I’ve blocked out many of mine. I can’t wait to hear about your wonderful traditions!

    LOL Lass, I’m not sure any of my stories are traditions – you may feel after you’ve read them that the phrase ‘don’t try this at home, kids’ is more applicable. 😉
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  4. Oh I been waiting for this to start! Let me put a pot of coffee on first…..
    Kelly

    oooh, what flavor coffee are we having this morning? Are we having yummy bikkies too or going straight for the chocolate cookies? 🙂
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  5. what a great post! you know, people like you really bring out the spirit of Christmas, love, and youth. What a great writer you are! i just love your blog!

    Oh Reggie, you’re precious. Just as I was about to get in my car and drive to Bah-Humbug County to stay at the Grinchville Inn you come bopping along. Thanks honey, so glad to have you here.
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  6. yeah well, i guess those are the perks of being the last of 5!! I will email you today, i could use a good turkey/gravy/stuffing recipe…man my mouth is watering just thinking about it!!

    Love ya,
    FC

    Well, everybody has to get some perks in life, yes? Email already happened – mouth still watering? hehe.
    l/y
    WC

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