I stole this idea from Tracey, but my memories are significant to me so I thought I would share them.
We always hung our stockings on St Nick. (December 5th) We took the longest of my Dad's hunting socks and they would really stretch with the weight of oranges, apples and nuts. Oh, they had some candy in too, but it ended up all tasting like salted shell peanuts. Is that why I like my salt and sweet? Wonder what today's kids would say about a stocking filled with fruit and nuts?
On Christmas Eve we had our Christmas program at church and then traveled to Grandma's. I loved to look at the lights on the houses on the way. I loved to see my cousin again (the one who now lives in Florida). There were a few Christmas Eve's where I got sick. Just like clockwork, I would get the stomach flu. (The same thing happened to my son when he was small. Must be the excitement that adds to the bug.) I loved Grandma's. She gave every family a box of food, and the kids each got a book of Lifesavers candy (and we liked it!). I remember Aunt Caroline's salmon salad sandwiches. We just had cold cuts, salads and bars but those were simpler times. The kids were limited to the bedroom and the family room. The adults were busy playing cards and we were not to disturb them. Good thing my other cousins had some toys to play with.
Oh! Cousin Shirley and I did the Can-can dance in front of the mirror and my cousin Jeffrey was hiding and laughing as we showed our underwear under our crinolines!
Favorite Christmas Days.... My brother and sister were much older, so not much in my memory, but my younger sister, Wendy and I loved Christmas morning. One morning we awoke to a table and chair set, dishes and we each got a beautiful doll and snow coaster (invented and made at Mirro in Manitowoc, WI). That year my mom had to borrow from a friend to take our toys off lay-away....Daddy had gambled his money away. (Is that where I get my addiction from?) Who knew that we almost didn't have Christmas?
To be continued....