Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 6 - Santa Claus
Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

I still believe in Santa and of course I visited Santa, made lists and wrote letters

December 7 - Holiday Parties
Did your family throw a holiday party each year? Do you remember attending any holiday parties?

Christmas Day was all family parties and exhausting. We children always got up early and opened presents. Then it was off to one side of the family to celebrate, followed by the Christmas party at the other side of the family. I refused to do this when I grew up.

December 8 - Christmas Cookies
Did your family or ancestors make Christmas Cookies? How did you help? Did you have a favorite cookie?

I never met a cookie I didn't like.... Mexican wedding cookies were always a favorite. Of course rolled cookies cut out with cookie cutters and decorated were a must at Christmas time. I carried on the tradition by baking dozens of these cookies on the last day the kids were in school. After everyone arrived home, the whole family gathered around the kitchen table and decorated the cookies with many colors of icing and lots of candies.

December 9 - Grab Bag
Author’s choice. Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!

I have a funny story. When my son and daughter, Eddie & April came to me asking if Santa was real, I wasn't ready to give up Santa and they had a baby sister, Amber who still needed Santa. So, I told them their suspicions were right, but that Dad doesn't know. You know Grandma. She would never have told your Dad about Santa. So all these years I have had to sneak around and do Santas job by myself and now I had them to help me. What a relief! So the legend of Santa lived on awhile longer. (I do still believe in Santa.)

December 10 - Christmas Gifts
What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give? Are there specific gift-giving traditions among your family or ancestors?

Secret gifts, ones that the person doesn't expect, but wants dearly and doesn't know who gave it. That is truly a blessing to behold. Of course the traditional bicycle, dolls, doll houses were fun to receive as a child and fun to give to children.

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