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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wordless Wenesday

I received the GREATEST Christmas gift from my mother and sister!

And this from my brother in law, niece and nephew

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Advent Calendar: Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, when I was a child, was always at my granny’s house. Christmas Eve was also her birthday, see post below Christmas Ornaments. When I moved out of state in 1994 Christmas Eve changed for me, I had no family in the area so I spent the evening at home with my children.

When I divorced, Christmas Eve changed for me again. My children would spent the night with their father, while I spent the evening home alone. I would be sad at first because I was alone but through the years it became my tradition, I would put on Christmas music and put all the gifts under the tree and watch the midnight mass.

Now that I am remarried and my children are grown, Christmas Eve has changed again. On Christmas Eve my husband and I go to his mother’s house for an early dinner. Later on in the evening on our way home we will stop at the downtown square to see the Christmas Lights then to dunkin donuts for hot chocolate and donuts then we will drive around the neighborhood to see all the houses lit up. I usually have all my presents under the tree done days before so I am not worried about getting home late and doing it.

Christmas Day is still mine! This year we are having a Spanish style dinner and along with my children and my step family I am going to have a house full!

I am looking forward towards tonight………..Merry Christmas Everyone……enjoy your family

Monday, December 21, 2009

Family History Journals - Memories To Be Passed Down Through Generations

Can you imagine if you came across a journal written by your great-great-great grandparent?

When I was putting together my family tree I decided to go even further and I started a family history album. I had given my grandmother this book. My grandmother is 94 years old and had no patience writing so I asked her the questions and wrote it in for her. When I was done I did a time line of her life in a Memoir.

My Grandmother: A Memoir  

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Madness Monday- Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake......I do not remember seeing anyone in my family make or eat fruit cake. I do not ever remember even trying just does not look good...well maybe if there is rum in it! I will have to ask my family members.....well.... do any of you guys like fruit cake?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Tree Ornaments

My Special Ornaments:

My Grandmother's birthday was on Christmas eve so we always went over to her house for a Christmas eve birthday party, I  was always excited to go because I knew she give us kids a special ornament that night.
My Granny, this is what we called her, G for short, gave me my first Christmas ornament 45 years ago!

 Granny also started the same tradition with her great grandchildren “G.G” as they would call her. Granny, it seemed would always give us an ornament that would reflect something in our lives. They were always unique in their special way, she would always write the year on the bottom of the ornaments or on the box. Every year when I would hang them on my tree I would always look for the year and think, wow- I’ve had this one for a long time.

In 1990 I lost all of my special ornaments in a house fire. It really did not hit me until Christmas time came and I had no special ornaments to hang on my tree, no looking on the bottom to see what year I received it, no hearing my children say “wow, mom you were how old when GG gave you that one?”

Christmas eve came and off to Granny’s house for a birthday party, excited because after Granny opened her birthday gifts she would give us each a little box to open. I would be starting my collection all over again. I remember that year I received a dog ornament, a collie, that was the kind of dog I had at that time and my son received his “Babies 1st Christmas” ornament.

I moved out of state in 1994 and that first Christmas away from my family was hard, no Christmas eve at Granny’s house, but there was a little box that came in the mail that I could not open until Christmas eve.

Granny continued this tradition every year until about 1997 when she fell and broke her hip, she was never the same. Not soon after that she was diagnosed with dementia. My granny passed away in 2001.

I continued my grandmothers tradition with my children, giving them a special ornament on Christmas eve to hang on the tree. When my girls moved out on their own a few years ago, I would put their ornament in their stocking to open on Christmas day.

The other day when I was asking my children what they want for Christmas, my oldest daughter, now 25, said “ I really do not want anything for Christmas, Mom, just my stocking-- you know, my special ornament.”