RCHARD WEISSER is an artist, creative writer, photographer and REALTOR. I subscribe to his blog. Here is a post from RICHARD I know my readers will enjoy as much As I did when I read it. May it bring to others what it did for me...a smile and a warm heart.
One thing that I like about Christmas is that it always takes me back to the days of my youth. After all, Christmas is an especially happy time for children and many of our best childhood memories occurred during the December holidays!
What I remember most as a small child are the ‘bright lights" on Christmas morning. I'm talking about those banks of spotlights that dad used to shoot his home movies of us coming down the stairs to open our presents.
I believe that a lot of people my age have 8mm film of themselves covering their eyes and waving off the camera. However, it was a seasonal ritual that was an essential rite performed on Christmas morning.
Another exciting thing about Christmas morning was "the train!" Santa Claus not only brought the presents and filled the stockings, but he also set up the Lionel train set complete with the accompanying village and figures.
The train and the lead figures are among my most prized possessions today, not because of any monetary value, but because they are a tangible piece of my childhood that I can hold in my hand! It is treasure in its truest form.
Since my mother was Italian, Christmas always meant cookies. Lots of cookies, Unbelievable amounts of cookies. Mother would start baking before Thanksgiving and filled the freezer with every kind of cookie imaginable. And visitors always brought more cookies. There were so many varieties that you could not eat one of each before you were too full to eat any more,
And speaking of visitors, our house was always full of people on Christmas. There were twelve of us, plus my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and most of my cousins would visit on Christmas. The result was a cacophony of noise and chatter that at times would be overwhelming.
And although these shadows of the past become more distant every year, I look back with fond remembrance of the happiness surrounding the occasion! There is nothing else in my childhood that even comes close to having the same meaning for me.
I wish all of you the merriest of Christmases this year and I hope that you create many happy memories for you and you loved ones!!
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