It got me thinking about my own schooldays and Christmases past. I was the middle one of 3 children, my sister being 10 years older and having left home by the time I was 6. We each had a pillowcase hung on the bottom of the bed on Christmas Eve. When we woke and excitedly unwrapped our presents we had things like an annual, some chocolate (one year I had a chocolate shaped like a record wrapped in gold foil...wow! ), a scarf, gloves and one good toy like a doll for me & a Meccano set for little brother. The other gifts in the pillowcase were given by family members but made to look as if Santa brought them (crafty eh?) One year our paternal Nan had knitted me a yellow cardigan with two pockets in and in one she had tucked a little bottle of scent in a bear shaped bottle. I really thought I was the bees knees then! I never felt deprived but I always felt that something was missing because the family spent Christmas day alone. No other family members visiting and no telephone so no calls either. As I reached around age 10 or 11 my maternal grandparents had moved to a bungalow around the corner from our house. They were getting on a bit so mum would cook some extra Christmas dinner and I would get the task of carrying four plates (one plate plus one inverted on top to keep the dinner warm times two) Many a time I carried those precious dinners through the snow, never once dropping anything :) Nan & granddad were always pleased to see me and made a lovely fuss, then I would trudge back through the snow to eat my own dinner. By then, of course, the rest of the family had eaten but mine had been kept warm in the oven. Boy, did it taste good after being out in the cold!
The first thing I did when we got married was to invite family members to celebrate Christmas with us in our new (to us) home. This was often on Christmas Eve or sometimes Boxing Day and my Sister and her family, Brother and his family plus both sets of parents would come. Food would be simple, usually a buffet and we would have games like bingo with cheap prizes. It was lovely. We didn't have much money and no car for the first year of our marriage but it created some happy memories.
Does anyone else have happy memories of simpler Christmases past? Or do you wish you had done something different? I would love to hear about it.
Thanks ever so for popping in x