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Christmas Memories

My husband and I met when all of our respective children were grown. At the time we had 7 children and 11 grandchildren between us. My parents and his mom were still alive. And all of these people were spread across three provinces.

Several Christmases have gone like this: We spent some time before Christmas in one province with my husband’s family and with some of my extended family. Then we made our long drive back to Alberta to see my family.

This 14 hour drive would be on Christmas Eve. All the adults in my family have fun with stocking stuffers. I am also known to do things at the last minute. I had a little fun with my stocking stuffers by purchasing them all at highway stops. Tire gauges for the new drivers, car air fresheners, wind shield scrapers, etc. It’s a while since I’ve done it so I don’t remember what interesting things I found. I wanted it to be clear that all my stocking stuffers came from the service stations. I also wanted to make sure everything was useful.

It’s a fun memory. It’s not from too long ago but many are gone. Time for new memories for the young ones.


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acrogodess914 wrote on December 20, 2014, 10:31 PM

Certainly it is time to pass on our traditions to the newer generation in the family,

RegieEstioco wrote on December 20, 2014, 10:33 PM

Thirty years ago, we are celebrating Christmas in a rural area where we lived. Almost everybody know each other. Christmas is a difficult time then because we depend of agricultural activities and December is not yet time to harvest the crops.

scheng1 wrote on December 20, 2014, 11:20 PM

I doubt I can survive the 14 hours drive. I have backache from just 4 hours of bus journey.

paigea wrote on December 20, 2014, 11:27 PM

We have many kilometres to travel to visit family.

bestwriter wrote on December 20, 2014, 11:52 PM

Alfred, Lord Tennyson — 'The old order changeth yielding place to new And God fulfills himself in many ways Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me I have lived my life and that which I have done May he within himself make pure but thou If thou shouldst never see my face again Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

The only thing that is constant is change. We need to move with the flow to survive.

BarbRad wrote on December 21, 2014, 3:01 AM

What our family lacks is young ones. I will never have grandchildren, so my newly married nephew may be our only chance to have children in our family again. Unless my younger nephew gets married.

carmela wrote on December 21, 2014, 5:01 AM

i had mostly sad memories of Christmas because it was during Christmas eve when my mother and father would quarrel and not talk to each other. i remember my mother would just stay inside their room. my older siblings would also be in their beds just sleeping away and ignoring the loud fireworks outside our home but i would stay with my father watching the fireworks. sad memories :(

Madcanman wrote on December 21, 2014, 6:10 AM

Even at fifty-something I hold onto memories of Christmas times past, my grandparents' house filled with relatives and all kinds of good things on the stove and in the oven. I'll always wish my children could've felt, heard and tasted what I did in my youth at Christmas time. Life is so different these days...

celticeagle wrote on December 21, 2014, 8:09 AM

What a fun idea! Gifts with a theme. A fourteen hour drive? Ugh!

Bethany1202 wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:04 AM

That's a lot of traveling but I'm glad you have so many good memories from it. : )

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:22 AM

This year we are only traveling three hours then a couple of two hour drives between Christmas and New Years. The bad thing about that is not seeing as many family.

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:24 AM

I think gifts for adults should be all about a little fun together.

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:25 AM

I love all the Christmas memories from my childhood. Nothing was fancy or elaborate, but lots of warm family memories.

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:27 AM

That is so sad. How are your Christmases and other family times now?

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:30 AM

I do remember many conflicts during Christmas as well. It was difficult figuring out which family to be with and it still is, but overall it's always been a good time.

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:32 AM

I am grandma to my great nephew (5) as I was mom to my late niece. This is my his first Christmas without his mom. I still have a few young nephews. Other than that, the little ones are starting to be great grandchildren and we don't see much of them.

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:46 AM

#bestwriter that is a beautiful poem. Thank you. It won't let me reply below your comment.

celticeagle wrote on December 21, 2014, 11:50 AM

I did too but he seemed to think if I hadn't spent enough it wasn't good enough.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 21, 2014, 12:06 PM

I hope you can find happiness this time around in spite of the passing of loved ones you hold dear to your heart.

paigea wrote on December 21, 2014, 1:33 PM

There is a little one to think of, so a lot of my thoughts focus on him and he brings us much joy.

carmela wrote on December 21, 2014, 6:40 PM

after my father died we tried to have Christmas gatherings in our small home with my third older sibling. now that my mother has also passed away my Christmas is back to normal ... sad sad sad Christmas!!!

marialy18 wrote on December 24, 2014, 8:48 PM

It is now Christmas in Philippine and I went to my Family to celebrate with them

maramadalina wrote on December 29, 2014, 8:46 PM

I spent my Christmas with my family too. From now on , I wish you Happy New Year!

paigea wrote on December 30, 2014, 11:34 AM

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

paigea wrote on December 30, 2014, 11:35 AM

Happy New Year to you too.

peachpurple wrote on January 3, 2015, 3:09 AM

we never had fun on Christmas day except setting up the fake tree

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 7, 2015, 12:34 PM

It's hard when family is spread all over. Mine are, too.

ViperGirl85 wrote on March 22, 2015, 12:53 AM

I'm commenting this late, but that's sweet. Between my Daddy's passing and family fights, Christmas has changed a bit over here. We still celebrate of course lol, and we still have our memories, such as the year we got a karaoke machine haha. XD

Fleur wrote on April 7, 2015, 5:46 AM

That's a fun idea and also a good way to pass the time on that long long drive!