Christmas is a Time to Reminisce

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Musings by Patricia Feager 12/24/2015


Perhaps what moves me about Christmas is the feeling I get when I reminisce about my first Christmas tree after moving away from my parent’s house. A three room apartment wasn’t much, but I managed to buy a live tree anyways and decorating it was so much fun. The first ornament I ever purchased was an elf. I don’t know why but out of all the ornaments I saw that day, the elf spoke to me in a mischievous way convincing me I had to have him! For years, the little creature with the pointed ears and green suit was the first one I hung on trees every year thereafter…. Elfie doesn’t exist anymore, but I still remember him fondly.


What I remember best about Christmas was waking up to gently fallen fresh snow flakes in Chicago. The window pane was cold but the imprints of snowflakes were so special. Socks. I always wore socks on my feet back then and dressed warmly. I dreamed about making a snowman and making snowballs too. When the snow was deep, I’d make angels in the snow and stare up at the snowflakes falling on my nose and eyelashes. I loved to play with my dog outdoors in the snow. I’ve never seen a dog shiver or complain about the weather, have you?


The sound of children playing in the snow is the most beautiful sound at Christmas time. There was sledding, ice skating, snow ball fights, making igloos and snow forts too. The voices of children - It was a beautiful sound to hear. Catching snowflakes on my hair or snowflakes on tongue was fun. The sound of the wind in winter when it howls is unspeakable! Silence varies in depth.


Stars are prettiest at night in winter when the skies are not cloudy. They seem to poke through the velvet black sky - in the universe there are diamonds and jewels embroidered to perfection! I see a lot of that here in Texas where I don’t get the snow I had in Illinois. But I did get to see stars and the cosmic beauty during my summers in Maine, sitting outside my cabin on Moose Pond when I lived there. I especially loved the shooting stars and the Aurora Boralis!


Bright lights are electrifying! They make my heat beat faster. I’m not crazy about blinking lights but lights that light up everything around it is so beautiful!!! Purple! Green! Red! Pink! Blue! Orange! Yellow! Lights with shades of color changes everything! It's lights that chases away the dullness. There are so many hues, bright tints, shades of the rainbow, colors of the earth in year round seasons. But there's something magical about colored lights at this time of the year and the twinkling of the stars in the sky and how it reflects on people's thoughts.


Christmas is the best time of the year to reminisce. In memory of my parents, I post this video that I know they would enjoy. I do believe that it's snowing in Heaven! I am thankful for the memories.






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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof  Stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a HO HO HO  my friend

Dec 25, 2015 12:02 AM #29
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

It is so nice to think of holidays past especially when far away from family!  Great post!

Dec 25, 2015 12:20 AM #30
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof ,

What a lovely post! You are right Christmas is the best time of year to reminisce. You have many fond memories and its important to relive them and feel thankful! I too remember Christmas as a child, growing up and Christmas with my children growing up. Many of the same traditions I'm passing on to our grandchildren!

Dec 25, 2015 12:21 AM #31
Joy Bender
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Merry Christmas Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof Beautiful post

Dec 25, 2015 12:29 AM #32
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful and heartfelt Christmas memories with all of us.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  May the blessings of the season be with you.


Dec 25, 2015 01:30 AM #33
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Beautiful post my friend!  I hope your Christmas is beautiful.

Dec 25, 2015 02:50 AM #34
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Here with my grandchildren now, I find myself reminiscing about my childhood Christmasses in Germany. Things are different now, mainly the gifts, but the building excitement, and then the first view of all those gifts is still the same. I love to be with my grandsons and remember through them.

Dec 25, 2015 05:38 AM #35
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof let it flow, let it flow, let it flow those memories from heart - of those golden memories....

We don't have a White Christmas this year, but the memories are still alive.

Dec 25, 2015 07:28 AM #36
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Merry Christmas, Patricia --- your writing is so vivid that I can imagine

you carefully selecting that first ornament and the precise method of placing it on your tree...

the snowflakes falling into your mouth as you look upward.....

the lights -- flashing yet not flashy....

your reminiscing inspires....

Dec 25, 2015 09:58 AM #37
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Patricia, well, no snow for us this year!  The only white was this morning's fog!  Still, it was great.  Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 25, 2015 10:02 AM #38
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Patricia, what beautiful memories. I could picture them all. Loved the video too. Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2015 11:54 AM #39
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

Fantastic posts!  Merry Christmas to you and your family!  All the best in 2016

Dec 25, 2015 01:15 PM #40
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What beautiful memories. It's wonderful to go back and reminisce about what was special to us about holidays of our past.

Dec 25, 2015 08:07 PM #41
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Patricia-nice to read about your memories. I too love the winter night sky as the lack of humidity makes the stars appear so much clearer and sparkle. Once I saw the Aurora Bor.. and was mesmerized by it. Happy New Year to you and keep gazing up!

Dec 25, 2015 10:38 PM #42
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad this was's absolutely beautiful. Your words touch the soul!

I've been actually "living" in the past the last couple of about reminisce!  I'm working on converting all our old vhs tapes to digital and doing a little bit each day. I've been reliving many Christmas celebrations with my kids and it's been wonderful.  

I'm so glad you shared your memories!

Dec 25, 2015 11:18 PM #43
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I grew up in a small farm town in Michigan and remember fondly the snowy cold Christmas mornings I woke up to every year. We'd go ice skating on the pond and sledding down the hill which were both just steps away from our back door. My parents still live in that house 30 years later. I didn't get back there this year at all but maybe in 2016. 

Dec 25, 2015 11:28 PM #44
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia, thanks for sharing your memories. Christmas is a time to remember but also a time to make new memories.

Dec 26, 2015 10:18 AM #45
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Christmas is a time for reflection, thanks Patricia.

Merry Christmas and many blessings for the new year!

Dec 26, 2015 11:11 AM #46
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Such a beautiful post Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof ~ and I'm so glad it was featured. Brought back lots of memories for me, including my first Christmas in my own apartment in NYC after I graduated from college and was in grad school. At that time I couldn't even afford a cat as I'd have to choose which one of us to feed. Obviously, couldn't afford a Christmas tree either, but I manged to scrape up $5 in a Christmas store on Fifth Avenue to buy a little creche. That was in 1970. That creche continues to come out and sit in a "place of honor" in my home for 45 years now.

Dec 26, 2015 07:49 PM #47
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Lovely memories. Thank you for sharing them with us. I remember when my kids were little being at the cabin and putting presents under the tree by moonlight. 

Dec 27, 2015 04:36 AM #48
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