50 Years On...

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Real Estate Agent with Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty BR534744000 & BR540649000
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This is our entry into "A December Challenge-Share a Favorite Holiday Memory With Us!" hosted by Kathy Streib.

 

It was Christmas 1967.

 

It was a Monday - just like this year - 50 years on. (I know because I checked the calendar!)

 

The family home in London, England.

 

(The photo is Tower Bridge - not the home!)

 

We had moved there earlier that year.

 

 

 

With the exception of my parents, my sister and I, all of the rest of our extended family lived in England or France.

 

All were invited to come to the house for Christmas Day.

 

My Dad's parents - Grannie and Grandpa - drove up from Cornwall.

 

My Mother's parents - Nana and Pop - drove over from the other side of London.

 

One of my Dad's two sisters drove up with her husband and four children from Kent - Norah, Dennis, Stephen, Tim, Debbie and Barb.

 

His other sister came by ferry from France, with her husband and four children, Susan, Pierre, Robert, Alain, Laurence and Daniel.

 

Two of my Great Aunts (Grandpa's sisters) came over from their home in Chiswick, Eva and May.

 

All in all, there were 22 family members there for Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day.

 

With the exception of my Mother's parents and the two great aunts, everyone stayed with us at the family home on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, heading back to their homes the day after Boxing Day.

 

It was quite the family event.

 

A huge spread of gifts under the tree.

 

Many games played and family stories shared.

 

Eight of those present at that event are no longer with us.

 

The family home in London was sold in 2014.

 

The huge dining table that once had pride of place in the house in London is now here with us at the house in Anthem, Arizona.

 

We will eat at that table again this Christmas Day.  50 years on...

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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About the Authors - Updated 2018

If you are considering a Traditional or Short Sale of your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or any location in Maricopa County Arizona, you owe it to yourself to talk with Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to determine whether Tony and Suzanne Marriott are the best real estate Brokers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan area to help you with the Successful Sale of your home.

Tony and Suzanne have personally Listed, Sold and Closed more than a hundred Short Sales with the highest list to close rate in the Phoenix Metro Area!

Tony Marriott - Chief Executive Officer - Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Suzanne Marriott - Chief Learning Officer - Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

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That Christmas certainly made an impression on you, to remember it so vividly. I have so many scattered Christmas memories that it's hard to choose my favorite. 

Dec 13, 2017 08:54 AM #5
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I'm glad you still have the family table that holds such good memories. Merry Christmas!

Dec 13, 2017 09:17 AM #6
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What a lovely story Tony and Suzanne!  Here's to making more wonderful Christmas memories!

Dec 13, 2017 11:33 AM #7
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Hi Tony and Suzanne- I love your memories and truly love that the same table where you shared such a joyous holiday is still with you!Thank you for sharing this!

Dec 13, 2017 11:37 AM #8
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Dec 13, 2017 11:49 AM #9
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I Love that you brought the table!!!

Dec 13, 2017 02:53 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those are sweet memories, Tony and Suzanne.  Interestingly enough, I remember Christmas 1967 pretty well too.  It was the first Christmas in a new house.

Dec 13, 2017 03:43 PM #11
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Thank you Nina Hollander - wishing you a very Merry Christmas too!

Dec 14, 2017 06:22 AM #12
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The stories are indeed Raymond E. Camp and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:23 AM #13
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It is Gita Bantwal and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:24 AM #14
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Thanks Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:24 AM #15
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It did indeed Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:24 AM #16
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Me too Marte Cliff and - thanks for stopping by with a comment and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 14, 2017 06:25 AM #17
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Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:25 AM #18
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We shipped a 40 foot container load of furniture and other items over from England Kathy Streib - one room of our house is now stacked floor to ceiling - yet to be "unpacked"!

Dec 14, 2017 06:27 AM #19
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Thanks for the feature in Bananatude Kathy Streib !

Dec 14, 2017 06:28 AM #20
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Me too Lee Potts and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:28 AM #21
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Hard to believe it's been 50 years Myrl Jeffcoat and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

Dec 14, 2017 06:28 AM #22
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Amazing how time seems to pass so rapidly... but the memories (and the table) will remain!

Dec 14, 2017 07:59 AM #23
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Indeed Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

 

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