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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Blessings of the Season

I am wishing you a wonderful holiday season and hoping that the angels are blessing you as you enjoy the holidays.

This is a time of year when I get so caught up in memories--memories of Christmases past...Times when I was little and couldn't wait for Santa Claus...Times of remembering my children waiting for him too.

I remember when my daughter, Jenny was 3 years old. She sat in the wing back chair in the living room and I asked what she was doing. It was midnight, she was dressed for bed, and our Christmas Eve company had left. She said, "I'm sleeping right in this chair so I won't miss Santa when he comes down the chimney!"

A few minutes later, she was asleep...Luckily, she stayed asleep so she didn't see Santa bring the gifts for her...Instead, she woke up to surprises that were a sink and stove (I was hoping she'd be a Domestic Goddess, I guess!) and a Cabbage Patch Kid named Josie Genevieve. I can't remember what else Santa brought, but I remember the sink and stove because he didn't put it together...That Christmas Day, my niece Tiffany and I put it together...

To say the least, Jenny loved it...But, like her mother, she is not one to want to cook and be in the kitchen...I wonder if it's because she didn't see Santa...or if it just runs in the family! lol

What is one of your favorite Christmas memories?


Ann Nichols said...

Oh how sweet! Too bad the kitchen stove didn't turn her into a chief!
Christmas Memory... so many!! Maybe the one when my family and I who were living in Seattle at the time went to Christmas Eve service. I had been praying and praying all week long that it might snow. And while at that service I pryed extra hard...and do you know, when we walked out with our lit candles - It was snowing!!! That was magical because it was Christmas Eve and I was 11 and what I most desired at that very simple time in life!
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A Vintage Chic said...

I love your collage, Cindy...and your memories of your daughter at Christmas are so sweet!

I hope you're having a wonderful night, my friend!


Cheryl said...

oh hun,love your memories,bless her I just adored time when the children,were tiny,so magical,mind you my son is now 27 and stays here xmas eve and gets up still at 5am,to open his preasants ha ha bless him,as for your creation hun its just amazing,hugs cherylx

The Bear's Blog said...

My best memory is when I was little. On Christmas Eve my Dad would come home from work with one last present for me. He shopped at the Magic Cottage in Millburn, NJ and always brought me something for my Ginny doll. I have the dog, complete with box. I was so gentle with my toys and thankfully I now have a wonderful collection from my childhood.

Blessings to you on the beginning of The 12 Days of Christmas.


Donnie said...

I have photos of my son opening two Hess trucks from the Hess gas station in 1975 and the smiles on their faces. We were rather slim on the pocket in those days and had to wait til almost Christmas til we had the money and I was so afraid they would run out of them. My dear in laws sent us a check for our present and we were able to get them in time. Love you Christmas memories too.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh gosh, so many memories, Cindy! I think the best one every Christmas is when the kids first saw the tree and the presents and would look at each other and say something like, "look at all the presents!" or "Look, look Santa came!". The funny part of every Christmas morning is that my hubby wouldn't let them open anything up until he had the video camera just right! Every. Single. Christmas. Men! : )

Devonay@LumpkinAndMe said...

Love your post! I don't have a lot of memories, but I do remember being small and the wonder of the beauty of the tree and all the gifts underneath. I also remember when I was in seventh grade and understood that money was tight, but there was the ten-speed bike that I so desperately wanted under the tree!

Trisha said...

What a fun story! When I was little, my older sister always got to spend Christmas Eve with us (she lived with her mom all year and was with us on Christmas). Her, my little brother and I would all sleep in the same room. It seemed like the sky was always red on Christmas Eve and we just knew it was Rudolph's nose making its way to our house! I now know that it was the radio tower on the hill outside making the sky red, but what a fun thing to think and what a great older sister we had for going along with it!


Faye said...

Gorgeous, Cindy. I'm not naturally domestic nor is my daughter. We prefer doing fun things: art for me and sports for her.

Terry said...

Happy Memories to you, Cindy! Believe it or not, my best memory is when my kids were very little. I bought a train set as a surprise for Christmas morning. I stayed up until 4:00 AM putting it together on my own and making the train blow smoke. The kids of course woke me up at 5:00 AM! As a child, one year I got the most awesome sweater from my parents. I still remember that sweater and just loved it. Funny the things we remember. Hugs to you!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

One of my favorite memories is the year we bought our son his first "big" bike. He was so excited and asked his dad if he could take it to bed with him. His dad said not in bed but he could have it beside the bed. There goes my big husband carrying this big bike up the stairs and putting it by my son's was precious!

Vicki said...

What a sweet story, Cindy. I think some of my favorite memories were when the kids were very small. Our whole family, both sets of grandparents and even a few aunts and uncles, would wake up and drive across town to see our kids open presents from Santa on Xmas morning. We usually started by 7 a.m. so you can only imagine how early they got up to drive over. I love that they wanted to be there and see their excitement too. We'd then share a big breakfast and meet again later in the day for Christmas dinner. So fun!

Michele said...

i love this stunning card Cindy! beautiful composition. you're obviously a creative person even if not a cook! so its all good. xo

She Uses Her Words said...

What a great story Cindy! I also treasure the days when my kids were little and how excited they were for Santa to come!
And the name Josie Genevieve is just wonderful! We have an orphan kitten that was dumped at our farm right before Thanksgiving. I'm thinkin' Josie Genevieve just might be her name!
xo, Karen

Geralyn Gray said...

I enjoyed all of your blogs.....and etsy shop....I will definitely keep you in mind for next year. You do a great job......especially your inspirational blog....great work!!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!!

Burlap Luxe said...

Love this post, but every post you write is moving or inspiring:)

Joyeux Noel

Incipient Wings said...

how sweet is this memory!!
I love it:)

Anonymous said...

Aww thats a warm and wonderful post Cindy. I am sorry i have missed some of your posts lately. I havent been online too much. I hope its been a lovely month so far in your home and wishing you lots more christmas love and warmth
hugs June x

Sandy Ang said...

Thank you for sharing that inspirational Christmas collage and that story of your daughter waiting for Santa. I guess all Christmases are special to me as it's the time of year when family gets together and celebrate.