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Christmas!
09-21-2010, 07:32 PM (This post was last modified: 09-21-2010 07:40 PM by Bageleth.)
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(09-20-2010 08:37 AM)boomer Wrote:  I don't have many "good" Christmas memories. I was taken from my parents when I was 7 and got bounced around a few times in foster homes. I guess my best Christmas memories are when I got married and had kids of my own. Our first Christmas I was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. My sub was being dismantled to conform to the SALT II Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty (say that 4 times real fast!) and South Carolina didn't have what I would call a reall Christmas Tree. Having grown up in Oregon, I was used to finding a Christmas Tree out at the Helvetia Tree Farm. In South Carolina they were selling these Charlie Brown trees for about $50, so rather than spend that kind of cash on a pathetic looking thing, we took some garland and shaped out a tree on the corner wall in the living room. We didnt have much to put under it, but it sure cheered us up.

There are others with our kids, but that first one is one we always talk about when the kids get all bummed out because they only got 4 presents last year instead of 6.

I'm sorry that your childhood didn't have any good memories for the holidays. It is great though that you've been able to create some with your family and provided your kids with fun ones.
(09-21-2010 06:59 PM)VincentUlyssis Wrote:  Ahh, I long for those times once in awhile. No bills, no work, no stress. We were just kids playing with our cousins and our toys. I would stay over my grandparents' for at least a week until New Years. My grandfather was a teacher at Aviation High School in Long Island City, Queens, so he was off with us. When my little cousins would leave my brother and I would play with our toys and models (I loved to build model airplanes) later Christmas night. That hour before bedtime, when my grandmother would turn down the lights, Christmas songs from the 40's, 50's and 60's (not the overplayed nonsense they play now) on the stereo, which was it's own piece of furniture-was a peaceful time. I never wanted it to end. It was like that cool late summer day today when you realize tomorrow is autumn and the moment will soon be gone. It's joyful and melancholy all at the same time.

I didn't have cousins who came to visit much (and my sister didn't arrive until I was nearly 15), so I had my grandparents all to myself when I would go over there. They lived just outside of a small town, right in front of some woods (which contained an old cemetery, which didn't bother me for years until I saw "Night of the Living Dead"). My granddad would walk through those woods and gather fir branches and make a wreath or a swag for the outside of the house. My grandma would gather small pine cones and fir twigs and simmer those in a pot of water on the stove. There was always a fire in the fireplace. It was so nice!

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Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-19-2010, 08:08 PM
RE: Christmas! - Neilbubbachuck - 09-19-2010, 10:35 PM
RE: Christmas! - Bageleth - 09-19-2010, 11:24 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 09-20-2010, 08:37 AM
RE: Christmas! - Bageleth - 09-21-2010 07:32 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-20-2010, 08:22 PM
RE: Christmas! - Neilbubbachuck - 09-20-2010, 11:29 PM
RE: Christmas! - Bageleth - 09-20-2010, 11:42 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-21-2010, 06:59 PM
RE: Christmas! - Mufasa - 09-21-2010, 08:34 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-22-2010, 07:38 PM
RE: Christmas! - Bageleth - 09-22-2010, 10:42 PM
RE: Christmas! - Neilbubbachuck - 09-23-2010, 02:44 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 09-23-2010, 07:58 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-23-2010, 08:08 PM
RE: Christmas! - HardwareGrl - 09-25-2010, 09:51 PM
RE: Christmas! - Bageleth - 09-25-2010, 10:34 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-26-2010, 07:29 PM
RE: Christmas! - HardwareGrl - 09-26-2010, 08:06 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 09-28-2010, 06:45 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 12-28-2010, 02:49 PM
RE: Christmas! - Laffitupfzbl - 12-28-2010, 07:39 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-28-2010, 08:10 PM
RE: Christmas! - Laffitupfzbl - 12-29-2010, 08:37 AM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 12-29-2010, 09:33 AM
RE: Christmas! - K4RM4 - 12-29-2010, 10:37 AM
RE: Christmas! - NWoBHM - 12-31-2010, 04:14 PM
RE: Christmas! - Neilbubbachuck - 12-31-2010, 04:21 PM
RE: Christmas! - NWoBHM - 12-31-2010, 04:31 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 01-17-2011, 09:54 AM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 12-21-2011, 01:35 PM
RE: Christmas! - Onebad70ss - 12-21-2011, 02:27 PM
RE: Christmas! - desertbear - 12-21-2011, 06:45 PM
RE: Christmas! - Scythe Matters - 12-21-2011, 09:21 PM
RE: Christmas! - 2Beers - 12-24-2011, 05:44 PM
RE: Christmas! - Nettie - 12-24-2011, 07:36 PM
RE: Christmas! - 2Beers - 12-24-2011, 07:56 PM
RE: Christmas! - Nettie - 12-24-2011, 08:06 PM
RE: Christmas! - Mufasa - 12-24-2011, 09:05 PM
RE: Christmas! - Gungawoman - 12-24-2011, 09:06 PM
RE: Christmas! - RN-PRN - 12-24-2011, 09:51 PM
RE: Christmas! - 2Beers - 12-24-2011, 10:02 PM
RE: Christmas! - smoker guy - 12-24-2011, 11:32 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-25-2011, 12:14 AM
RE: Christmas! - Scythe Matters - 12-25-2011, 01:46 AM
RE: Christmas! - Jetrow - 12-25-2011, 02:06 PM
RE: Christmas! - Scooter Britches - 12-25-2011, 05:53 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-25-2011, 07:42 PM
RE: Christmas! - 2Beers - 12-25-2011, 09:15 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-25-2011, 10:58 PM
RE: Christmas! - 2Beers - 12-26-2011, 11:39 AM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-26-2011, 12:11 PM
RE: Christmas! - Neilbubbachuck - 12-26-2011, 12:18 PM
RE: Christmas! - HardwareGrl - 12-26-2011, 07:53 PM
RE: Christmas! - Scooter Britches - 12-26-2011, 12:29 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-26-2011, 12:55 PM
RE: Christmas! - Gungawoman - 12-26-2011, 01:19 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-26-2011, 01:39 PM
RE: Christmas! - Gungawoman - 12-26-2011, 07:59 PM
RE: Christmas! - Nettie - 12-26-2011, 02:10 PM
RE: Christmas! - Boomer - 12-26-2011, 09:07 PM
RE: Christmas! - Gungawoman - 12-26-2011, 09:25 PM
RE: Christmas! - Nettie - 12-26-2011, 09:38 PM
RE: Christmas! - debskis - 12-26-2011, 10:33 PM
RE: Christmas! - Scythe Matters - 12-27-2011, 02:09 AM
RE: Christmas! - N'awlins - 12-27-2011, 10:56 AM
RE: Christmas! - Bageleth - 12-27-2011, 06:37 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 01-01-2012, 06:00 PM
RE: Christmas! - Jetrow - 01-03-2012, 04:45 PM
RE: Christmas! - Scythe Matters - 01-04-2012, 06:08 PM
RE: Christmas! - VincentUlyssis - 01-05-2012, 05:18 PM

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