It’s just the two of us this Christmas and I’m thankful it’s just us. We value spending quiet time together, doing things together, perhaps we’ve just reached that point in our lives where being together is what matters the most.
We both love Christmas and telling stories from the past, so in the Spirit of Christmases Past – here’s a few questions that may spark your memories, maybe even have some fun chatting with others in the comments should you need a quiet space to retreat too. You don’t have to answer the questions, or recount your memories, feel free to talk about what’s important to you.
Did you go Christmas Caroling? Does anyone do this now, or is it a relic of the past?
This question proves I’m as old as the hills, but some of you may relate or remember. Did you ever go out Christmas Caroling? We did every year with the church. I loved it when we were little, but I also didn’t like the cold feet, but I loved the hot chocolate and cookies afterwards. We also carolled at the care home in town and visited with them so I think they enjoyed seeing us.
What are your favorite Christmas Carols or do they just irk you?
Christmas Carols. Most of my favorite carols are religious in nature, Oh Holy Night, Ava Maria, Noël, and the Christmas Canon being three of my all time favorites I need to hear every year, honestly, can’t think of one I don’t like – religious or secular. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to Christmas Carols and I keep wanting to include other favorites, and if I do, the entire post would just be a listing of Carols.
Christmas Tree decorations – your preference?
Christmas Trees and holiday lights. Love them, prefer the trees with a mix of ornaments collected over the years, a bit of tinsel, lights, all that just brings back wonderful memories of Christmas from past years. I don’t care for the trees decorated in a theme – whether it’s the same ornaments color coordinated, one color lights, seems like something you see in a department store, too sterile, too perfect for my tastes.
Favorite Christmas Present from childhood?
I have two. One I was too little to remember getting but it was my constant companion throughout childhood, a black and white stuffed dog (shown in the picture the year I got it?). The other was the Chrissy Doll and I didn’t play with dolls, they didn’t interest me, but I wanted her so I could do her hair. The picture attached may also explain why dad took over cutting my hair and why I wanted the Chrissy Doll? (I removed the picture because someone saved it.)
What family Christmas Dinner traditions did you grow up with? Do you still follow them?
Every tradition but one was English which suited both Grandma’s as they originally immigrated from England as young adults. The one tradition that wasn’t English was from Norway, the candle sticks in the picture. Christmas Crackers (google them) were a must to get into the spirit before dinner was served. A typical Christmas Dinner, followed by steamed carrot (not plum) pudding with either a custard or lemon sauce, (green tomato) mincemeat tarts, fruit cake and an array of cookies and sweets. Then sitting around the fire and opening presents. Wonderful memories.
Wishing you the best of the holiday season, stay safe.