Best Christmas Memories
Some of my fondest memories of Christmas were when I was a child. Christmas Eve was full of anticipation and utter excitement for Christmas Day. While my parents had a rule that we couldn’t go down stairs until everyone had wakened, I would sneak in to my brothers’ room and nudge them until they were fully awake! Doesn’t sound too bad, but that was at 4am! For me it was important to end the torture of having to wait. Mum and Dad would have to get up then as my brothers and I would sprint down the stairs to see what Santa has left.
Christmas lunch was also a family affair at my Gran’s house. Family focused Christmases were always a favourite. So many family that we were scattered round the house perching on where we could find a space to eat dinner without it ending up on the floor! Those Christmas days were filled with snow and a chill that made you shudder any time the wind blew through the kitchen window. But my Gran’s home was always bright with Christmas lights, warm and welcoming.
This one particular Christmas, Santa was extremely kind, leaving me with a double cassette recorder! I recall sitting watching Top of the Pops and trying to record the music, in the process continually shouting at everyone else to be quiet! That moment has become a memory that I still treasure. It’s a connection to my Grandmother, my Grandfather, my Dad who are no longer with us. It is these memories that allow me to continue be connected to the past and remember the importance of family.
The smell of turkey, the sounds of the Eighties, a dusting of snow, cold wind are all rich and meaningful to me. They are like a warm blanket on a cold evening. I thank my family for providing me with lovely Christmas memories.
I do hope that as my own children grow up they will have fond memories of their Christmases that will shape future traditions.
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