Friday, December 23, 2011

Advent Calendar - December 23 - Christmas Sweetheart Memories

Christmas Sweetheart Memories

Do you have a special memory of a first Christmas present from a sweetheart? How did you spend your first Christmas together?

I don't remember what she gave me that year.  I do remember that I gave her a stuffed bear.  She still has it, a little worse for wear.  This was 29 years ago, so forgive my poor memory. 

My small family had a quiet, reflective Christmas.  Not so, her large extended family!  She's the middle of seven children, some of whom had started their own families by the time I showed up.  Everyone gathers in the living room in the mid-afternoon.  A couple of people start handing out gifts from under and around the tree (they never all fit under, no even close.)  As soon as you get a gift, you can start opening, and all is chaos for the next half hour or more as people continue to get gifts handed to them.  Wadded up wrapping paper frequently  gets tossed around.  It's noisy fun time.  Over time, the family has grown as our generation has added children to the family, and only a few of the older folks have passed on.  We usually have over 40 people in the house all opening gifts at the same time, talking back and forth, thanking each other, and so on.  Can you picture the chaos?

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