Holiday Fun and Cheer December Challenge! ..... Post #3

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

Life has been very busy lately, so I have not had much time to participate in the recent ActiveRain challenges/contests.  But this month's challenge hosted by Anna Banana Kruchten and Carol Williams brings back some great holiday memories, so I am carving out time to participate in their challenge "Holiday Fun and Cheer December Challenge". This special memory below is my third entry in this challange

This particular memory is a Special Christmas Memories From My Childhood, and it also gives insight into my past. As many of you know I was born in the Azores, Portugal on a small island called Santa Maria. A Christmas tradition my parents had when we lived in Portugal was to wake me, my brother, and sisters up on mid-night Christmas Night. Mid-night on Christmas Night is when Santa Clause would come to our house, and my dad would play up his arrival.

The house we lived in had a slate roof, and the kitchen had a chimney over the stove, and pots & pans hung from the bottom of the chimney. My mother and father would make it a point of telling us that Santa would be delivery our presents at mid-night, but Santa would not come if we were not asleep. So we would make sure we went to bed early on Christmas Eve to make sure we had plenty of time to fall asleep.

At mid-night Christmas Night my mother would wake us up while my dad would go out side and throw rocks up on the roof. Then he would run inside to rattle all the pots & pans hanging from the chimney in the kitchen. Me, my brother, and sisters would jump from our beds and run to the kitchen to see if we could catch Santa. In fact one year I swore I had seen Santa's feet just before he made his way up the chimney.

This tradition of waking us up at mid-night continued when we came to the United States, but we did not have a chimney and lived on the third floor. So the throwing of rocks on the roof did not continue as well as all the noise with the pots & pans. But mid-night Christmas Night was still a very special time for us, and I would scold my brothers and sisters Christmas Eve night if they were not going to sleep. There was no way I wanted to take a chance on not getting my presents.

I wish I had continued this tradition with my two boys, but my wife and I did not. We followed the more traditional way of them waiting until Christmas Morning to open their presents. Christmas continues to still be a special day in the Souto household, but Christmas seem to have a little more excitement in the early years of my childhood.


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Comments (14)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

What a fun story George Souto !  You're parents really got into making magical for you kids!  I love it!

Dec 28, 2020 04:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi George- I love that your parents went to such great effort to make Christmas magical for you. Love it. 

Dec 28, 2020 05:33 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I really enjoyed reading about your parents and their fun tradition.  I did not make a tradition out of it, but one Christmas I did get up on the roof, ring bells and run around.  The kids still talk about it.  Maybe I will do it for the our grandchildren one day.

Dec 28, 2020 08:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George my friend I was born in Hungary and the tradition was similar... my mother would decorate the Christmas tree in the "other room" that we were not allowed to go in and then my father would announce at midnight that Santa Came and if I wanted to look see what he brought me..... and needless to say that was usually around 10pm but I was assured it was midnight:)) and then I wanted to play with the toys but they used to have big parties and the adults would play:)) so I had to wait.. until the next day:)))Endre

Dec 28, 2020 10:12 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning George.

yes the memories of Christmas when I was growing up.  There are so many great ones, it would be difficult to pick out just one or two

Dec 29, 2020 12:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a lovely, lovely story, George. I really enjoyed reading it and could see all this unfolding in my mind's eye.

Dec 29, 2020 05:09 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I loved hearing about your childhood memory and only wish that you had included pictures of you as a child.  When I was a child, we would always go to Midnight Mass, then get to open one gift.  I remember along the time that I was starting to not believe in Santa, my Mom got me good.  When we came back from Midnight Mass Santa had come and gone and I was puzzled because Mom and Dad were with me the whole time, haha.

Dec 29, 2020 05:27 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Well George Souto perhaps you can do that one day for your grandkids?

Dec 29, 2020 06:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning George Souto - that is a wonderful tradition.  Many of us borrow traditions from parents and grandparents when they lived in Europe.

Dec 29, 2020 06:23 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How exciting. I can only imagine how thrilling it was to hear all that clatter on the roof. 

Dec 29, 2020 07:10 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George you will have created a Christmas memory for your boys and they will carry it forward as well.

Dec 29, 2020 05:01 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have a son-in-law, whose family is from the Azores.  And, I also dated a guy for 8 years from there.  Both were from Sao Miguel.

Dec 30, 2020 12:29 AM
George Souto

Myrl, I was born on Santa Maria the island next to Sao Miguel.  Sao Miguel is the largest island, and  Santa Maria is the smallest island.  On a clear day you can see one island from the other, they are that close.

Dec 30, 2020 06:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George Souto -  glad that you shared the three posts with us.  We all of these posts I feel like we are extended family.

Dec 31, 2020 06:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George:

I'm sorry I missed this post from the holidays, but what a fun story, and such wonderful memories for you!


Jan 15, 2021 10:19 PM