I Love Christmas.

….and almost everything about Christmas. I’m blessed with a good memory, although my husband may not consider it a blessing all the time. I remember big and little things about my childhood.

For instance,

…….I loved to sit under our tree and laugh at how big my nose got when I looked into a shiny silver ornament.

……I remember my favorite Christmas gift of all time; a maroon and white Aggie Tee shirt and a Sarge pendant on a gold chain. It was a gift from my brother who was a Texas A & M Aggie.

…..I remember participating in our annual Christmas “pageant”, created and directed by our big brother when I was about six years old. Our parents were instructed to sit on the sofa in the living room. When ready, my brother led the procession of three…each of us carrying a lighted candle and singing “Silent Night”. We processed from a back bedroom, down the hall and into the living room and paused in front of our parents. My sister and I, dressed in our little floor length nightgowns stood beside him as our brother gave the evening message. He grew up to become a Pastor serving over 50 years.

…..I remember early one Christmas morning Daddy showing us the “damage” the reindeer had done to our front lawn. I was captivated.

…..I remember learning all four verses (5 sometimes) of every Christmas carol at our church. I can still sing them all from memory.

…..I remember Christmas shopping for a gift for my Mother but don’t remember where I got the money. We did not get allowances. We shopped at Kaplans-Ben Hur, a very popular store in the Houston Heights area at the time.  I remember liking the sound I made walking across the old wooden floors at that store. I even remember what I chose to give Mama; a tiny plastic lapel pin shaped like a telephone. I was so proud.

……I remember getting up very early one Christmas morning and driving to Schulenburg, Texas to visit my Father’s family there. We had to take blankets to cover ourselves for the long, cold trip from Houston. At least, I thought it was long and cold.

…..I remember my paternal Grandfather singing “O Tannenbaum” in German, the only language he ever used. We didn’t chat much.

…I remember the little cardboard village my Father designed, crafted and placed under our tree every year. It had a little cabin, a tiny church, and even an iced over pond (a mirror surrounded by cotton snow) and a ceramic skater enjoying his day.

….I remember the fragrance of the real tree, the aroma of food cooking, and the taste of the cookies on the buffet.

Memories can be blessings beyond measure and I’m grateful. Maybe I’ll write another “I Love Christmas’ blog about Christmas with my husband and three children…..or Christmas with our Grandchildren, and now Christmas with our Great-granddaughter. It’s all so wonderful….and I remember.

I wish for each of you and your families a Christmas filled with memories worth writing about. May it be a Christmas filled with the joy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s His birthday!

Oh come let us adore Him!

‘Til He Shouts!

 

10 thoughts on “I Love Christmas.

  1. *MERRY CHRISTMAS, ADELE AND DAVID! *

    On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:31 AM Letters From Adele wrote:

    > Adele Bower posted: ” ….and almost everything about Christmas. I’m > blessed with a good memory, although my husband may not consider it a > blessing all the time. I remember big and little things about my childhood. > For instance, …….I loved to sit under our tree a” >

  2. Such wonderful memories. I remember that the ice skating rink with the snow around it and I think and ice skater were all that was left of that little scene from under your tree. I remember you having it out when I was little.

    I love you 💕

  3. I just loved reading your blog and re-living your Christmas-past! I have such wonderful memories of Christmas, too. We didn’t have a lot growing up but we always had a great Christmas! And the most important thing we had was LOVE. I remember the smell of a new baby doll. Our stockings always had a candy cane, orange, apple and nuts in it. My grandmother from Wisconsin would send 3 little gifts every year and we would beg to open 1 gift before Christmas and mother would always let us after much pleading. LOL Those gifts were not of great monetary value but they sure were the most TREASURED gifts of all. One year we got cigar boxes that were filled up through the year with gumball trinkets – we thought we had hit the jackpot! Wonderful memories – thank you for taking me down that path again. Merry Christmas to you & David! xoxo

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