Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Reminiscent Ramblings

I remember Christmases long ago
as a youth visiting grandparents
playing with cousins, on swings, in the fields.
Fireworks, running around waving sparklers
one in each hand, laughing!
Gift exchanges, the fun of buying presents
What would be in those packages?
Rummaging at the auction with granny
picking out just the right thing for each grandchild.
Or at Mamaw and Papaw's opening Santa's gifts Christmas morning.
A Strawberry Shortcake dollhouse, Easy Bake oven, Dukes of Hazard sleeping bag
Cabbage Patch Kids and Barbie dolls.
Oh and Lego's and Hot-wheels cars!
Part girly girl and part tom boy was I...

I remember decorating the tree
Momma stringing her reindeer lights
Sissy and I throwing on the icicles
Daddy putting lights up outside
making a tree design on the porch wall.
Lights on the bushes...
Wrapping presents and putting them under the tree.

I remember caroling with school friends door to door
Running in the dark because we heard a dog bark!
I remember piling in the car...sissy, cousins, Momma, my aunt
visiting the Hardy Boys property with all its wonderful decorations and lights.

I remember watching Christmas cartoons in pajamas
Momma baking fruit cake, granny's pound cake and dumplings and chocolate cake
with layer upon layer upon layer!

I remember Christmas parties at school
Room moms bringing in treats - homemade, not store bought!
Construction paper and popsicle ornaments, 
learning Jewish holiday traditions from my third grade teacher,
practicing for the Christmas concerts.

So many fond childhood memories, so dear
so much fun we had!

Though Christmas is still my very favorite time of year,
one of the most fun and exciting times,
it now holds a touch of sadness as I long to share memories with those who have passed.

Just to hear once again my daddy's chuckle, my uncle's deep laugh...
To talk with grandparents, be teased by my "brother"...
To run and laugh those carefree laughs...

Though family and friends are scattered far and wide...memories remain near.
And I can remember and reminiscence...and smile through teary eyes.

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