Archive for the ‘Christmas Past’ Category

Polish Christmas Eve: A Precious Memory

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

As remembered by Gwen Foster, my mother-in-law…
In the rural areas of Poland, festivity began when the first star (representing the Star that appeared over Bethlehem so long ago) shone in the sky and the guests tried to arrive at the home of the host at that hour. However, the progress of the 20th century (along [...]

A Child’s Toy

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Submitted by Gwen Foster (source unknown)
The story is told of a young boy who traveled with the wise men on their long journey from Persia to Judea. The men were traveling on camels, and the camels needed care along the way. They needed food and water and grooming, with their feet checked nightly [...]

The Underwear Tree

Monday, December 14th, 2009

By Teresa Bell Kindred
My husband and I have been married for twenty nine years. We are the parents of four boys (including a set of identical twins) and one girl. When they were all small our Christmas was pure chaos. Because our daughter was always outnumbered by the boys and their friends she learned to [...]

The Singing Christmas Tree

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Gwen Foster
When we were living in an urban area and David was a small boy, we purchased Christmas trees from any vendor who was selling nearby. We were careful to choose a spruce that was well shaped, symmetrical all round, and well needled; of a size to suit the space indoors that we [...]

What Is Your Best Christmas Memory?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Today was a red-letter day for me. I got taken out for a small excursion to Home Depot to buy a lightbulb, look at the Christmas plants and trees, and enjoy a hot dog for lunch.  The trade-off was sitting in the SUV waiting for my driver to run several of his own errands, since [...]

A Welsh Christmas from Down Under

Monday, November 30th, 2009

by Christine Holroyd

I have wonderful strong memories of my cold, Welsh Christmases. Snow, sparkling lights and early, dark nights. We’d have snowball fights, and Mum tells me I can’t remember the times I used to cry and feel miserable because I was so cold. Despite my strong memory of many things from as early as [...]

Favorite Christmas Movies: A Christmas Carol (1951)

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

At last count, I can think of 15 movie versions of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, including parodies such as “Blackadder’s Christmas Carol”… but as far as I’m concerned, nothing has ever been able to surpass the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim. My Christmas is always made happier by watching that movie, because it’s all [...]

Lest We Forget

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Today, I would like to pause and remember all those who died in both World War I and II.
To all veterans, living and passed on, thank you for our freedom, dearly won by your courage and sacrifice.

Christmas In July

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Today’s guest post is by Ziggy Blum, of Oregon, USA. She was raised by her grandmother, who was 52 when she took over parenting duties. Ziggy called her grandparents “Mom” and “Dad”…
A great many of my formative memories involve Christmas and its trappings, and this is partially because Mom celebrated Christmas for a long time [...]

A Gift From My Brother

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Today is November 7, the anniversary of my big brother Stephen’s death.  Oh, don’t feel sad – it happened years ago, when I was seven years old.  But I’ll never forget that first Christmas without Stephen.
My parents put on brave faces for my sister and I; and we in turn played and chattered as only [...]