MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

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This month's challenge by Kathy Streib encourages us to share a favorite holiday memory.  I had to think about this on for a while.  There are some wonderful memories from just a few years ago to many years ago.  But I think that when we celebrate our holidays we never forget the customs that were followed in our youth.  I have fond memories of Christmas celebrations as a child.

Decorating our House

My parents believed in tasteful decorations.  I remember my mother calling  excess decorating "gingerbread."  Outside, we put colored lights on one or two evergreen trees.  We had a wreath on our door and a spotlight shone on it.  A single electric candle was placed in every window in the house.

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree in the early years was a balled tree from the nursery.  Afterward, usually New Years Day, we would plant it outside.  Some of them didn't make it but we had a line of blue spruce along our property line from each Christmas.  We would decorate our tree with lights, balls, and tinsel.  Sometimes the tinsel would fall off onto the tracks of the electric trains that ran underneath.

Christmas Eve

My grandmother would stay overnight on Christmas Eve. My parents went out to church and other visits.  One year I woke up and saw everything for Christmas was put out.  I woke up my sister and told her that Santa Claus had come.

Our Christmas Cards

Unlike today photo Christmas Cards were less prevalent.  My father loved photography and my mother was a trained artist.  Our photo Christmas cards reflected that. Here is a card from the early 1950's.

Christmas Card 1954My mother made the mask that was used to print this picture which my father did in the darkroom.  My father staged the picture above a used a big portait camera that he borrowed.

What I really remember, however, is the love and warmth of our family and these are fond memories.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

 

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Grant Schneider
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Wayne - yes and it certainly is honored to this day.

Sally and David - this holiday always brings us back to our childhood.

Debb - my mother was all about design and taste.  She was trained at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Sheila - thank you so much.  They are wonderful memories.

Joan - thank you.  I loved writing it.

Lottie - thanks, they are wonderful memories.

Dec 21, 2017 12:38 PM #10
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Grant what great memories.  Love the idea of planting the tree after Christmas.

Dec 21, 2017 05:46 PM #11
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That is lovely and so meaningful. Your mom was very talented.

Dec 21, 2017 10:01 PM #12
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George -  yes, you know that it had to been kept inside for a minimum of time.  I think the ones that were taken out on a bitter cold New Years are the ones that died.

Debbie - thank you.  My parents were a big influence on us.

Dec 22, 2017 06:54 AM #13
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Grant, the love and warmth of your family reflects in your memories!  What a wonderful Christmas card, I'm sure you treasure it!

Dec 22, 2017 03:46 PM #14
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Good morning, Grant... truly lovely memories... and I simply adored that Christmas card/photo!

Dec 23, 2017 05:44 AM #15
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Silvia - thank you very much.  I do treasure this.

Nina - thank you for that.

Dec 23, 2017 08:19 AM #16
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Hello Grant,  I seem to remember 3 balls trees in the 50's that my parents had and yes they were planted the day after Christmas.

Dec 23, 2017 10:33 AM #17
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Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing some of you fond Christmas memories.

Dec 23, 2017 10:55 AM #18
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I love your early Christmas card, along with the font used and sweet photo of you and your sister praying. The candle in the window adds the perfect touch.

Dec 23, 2017 02:11 PM #19
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Grant- those are beautiful memories and that card is simply perfect. Thank you for sharing this. 

Dec 23, 2017 05:50 PM #20
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Thank you for this glimpse into your lovely Christmas memories Grant Schneider and I love that you had a line of blue spruce planted from your Christmas trees!

Dec 23, 2017 07:27 PM #21
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Will - Oh wow.  I wasn't aware that others were also doing it.

Roy - I enjoyed sharing the memories.

Pat - thank you very much for your kind words.

Kathy - they are fond memories.  Thank you for the contest.

Lisa - the line of blue spruce really got big over the years.

Dec 24, 2017 05:40 AM #22
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Grant Schneider and I bet they are lovely today!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas Eve!

Dec 24, 2017 05:46 PM #23
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Grant, thanks for sharing your childhood Christmas memories. So beautiful! I enjoyed reading!

Dec 25, 2017 05:01 PM #24
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Grant, thanks for sharing your wonderful memories. Wishing you a blessed New Year.

Dec 26, 2017 09:19 PM #25
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Lisa - actually,  I think the new owners took them down.  They would be huge by now.

Steffy - thank you for that.

Rebecca - I hope you had a blessed Christmas.

Dec 27, 2017 06:36 AM #26
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How beautiful!

Your parents were my kind of people....so creative! I love your mom's expression of "gingerbread" too. I totally get it! LOL

That picture is priceless!

Dec 27, 2017 08:58 AM #27
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Hi Grant

What nice memories you have. Thank you for sharing. I really like that Christmas card!

Jeff

Dec 27, 2017 05:28 PM #28
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Sharon - O thank you.  I am  sure your grandchildren will have plenty of fond memories to share too.

Jeff - thank you so much.  It certainly was a nice card.

 

Dec 28, 2017 04:40 AM #29
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