Memories at Christmastime


I received a very special gift this week. It doesn’t look like much but brought me to tears. My aunt sent each of our family members a small Christmas tree ornament filled with small pine cones and branch clippings from the pine tree planted at my grandparent’s grave.

I was 10 when my grandmother died and I never met my grandfather as he died a month before I was born. The memories I have of my grandmother are mostly from Christmastime. Though I remember going to her house quite often, I can still walk through it in my mind, almost all of the big things I remember are at Christmas Eve.

I remember as soon as you walked in the front door to grandma’s house the dining room table was right in front of you filled with food. German sausages, kuchen, cookies, and pigs in the blanket (our family version of German cabbage rolls). Look to the right and the buffet was covered in decorations and still more goodies from friends and family. Look to the left and there was a book-case with Grandma’s praying hands. She collected sculptures and small statues of praying hands. It is the symbol I associate most with her.

Straight ahead was the kitchen where all the ladies gathered and the men headed around the corner to the living room or stood around the dining room table picking at all the different treats. There would be cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends filling the house. What I remember is the laughter. Always the laughter.  My memory is my grandmother’s head thrown back, mouth open and a full hearty laugh that made you laugh right along with her.

After my grandmother died the family tried to keep the traditions going but it was never the same. The gathering moved to our home for a bit and then to my aunts for a few years but as the cousins grew up lives became busy and each family had more and more to fit in to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

But, even as I sit here and think of Christmas Eve I remember the laughter….forever.

 

 

35 Comments Add yours

  1. What a treasured keepsake for you! Your grandma sounds like she was a delightful woman!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. She truly was one-of-a-kind.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Beautiful…lovely memories for you x

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. They certainly are.

      Like

  3. Makes a beautiful ornament!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is lovely.

      Like

  4. Paula says:

    What a beautiful, heart-felt gift.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It truly is special.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. This is a lovely memory, i understand your tears, what is it, that make grandparents so special x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. goldenbrodie says:

    When My Dad passed our Christmas’ fell apart. We tried but was never the same.
    Now with our immediate family we have traditions that have long lasted. We have our Annual Christmas Par

    Liked by 1 person

    1. goldenbrodie says:

      Party each year that glues us together🎄

      Liked by 1 person

    2. koolaidmoms says:

      Lovely to make new memories and keep the memories of the old alive in our hearts.

      Like

  7. Maryana says:

    Gifts like this one are indeed very special.

    Like

  8. Erika Kind says:

    OMG, is that a wonderful gift. I had tears in my eyes reading where the filling comes from. What a precious and meaningful ornament. Your aunt is amazing. 💖

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. I haven’t been able to visit the cemetery since I moved away about 20 years ago but it all came flooding back with such a simple gift. So sweet of her.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika Kind says:

        It is unbelievable how much something like that can hold. So thoughtful!!

        Like

  9. What a beautiful little ornament and so thoughtful of your aunt to send to everyone. I also love the sentimental items the most at Christmas time.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It is so incredibly thoughtful and sweet. I am a lover of the sentimental at all times.

      Like

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, she did an awesome thing with this gift.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Megala says:

    Grandmothers are always special and they live in our memories forever !

    Like

  11. syl65 says:

    Those are wonderful memories to treasure, Marci! I remember all the family together when my grandparents were alive and how time/life slowly changed things. I’m happy you received such a special gift like that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Sylvester! It was truly special.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. syl65 says:

        You’re very welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  12. What a great post! Thank you for reminding me to remember the good times. I lost my Mom at Christmas almost 6 years ago and sometimes it’s hard to remember to celebrate the good times instead of the loss. Thank you Marci! xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope you can bring back the good memories and times this Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

      Like

  13. Although it is sad that you have lost your Grandmother, Marci, you are very blessed to have such wonderful memories of her. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much, Robbie! Same to you and yours.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. That is an amazing keepsake.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, it means so very much to me.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. michaelhvs says:

    Beautiful memory. Treasure it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s