Christmas is fast approaching. Perhaps you’ve already had a celebration or two. I know several of my Facebook friends did this past weekend.
For this Memory Monday post and next Monday’s I thought I’d share a few memories about Christmas at my grandparent’s house.
Since I had two sets of grandparents I thought I’d break them into 2 separate posts. First up… my grandparents that lived in the country.
- The tree was always real.
- What I remember most about the tree is the bubble lights. I always thought they were so cool. These days you can get retro versions of these but my grandparent’s had the original kind.
- There was also the icicle tinsel.
- I don’t remember having a filled stocking but more than one Christmas my cousins and I got a Lifesavers “book” filled with rolls of the candy. My favorite was butter rum.
- Speaking of candy, there was usually the old fashioned hard candy you think of at Christmas time.
- We always gave Grandma Hickory Farms mustard and horseradish sauce.
- Grandpa got a big can of mixed nuts. It would sit next to his chair until he finished them.
- Supper was soup and sandwiches. Oyster soup was a given and it seemed that the same jokes about oysters got retold year after year. Some I didn’t get until I was older. 😉
- We’d say The Lord’s Prayer before supper. It was decided in advance we’d say “trespasses” but someone would always say “debts” out of habit.
- One Christmas my cousins and I got remote control John Deere tractors. We all got them all out to play in the basement and it was a mad house. They didn’t work that well… going everywhere and out of control. Probably because there were 6-8 of them trying to run at the same time. One remote was competing with another and running multiple tractors.
- Grandpa would get fruit or cheese and would cut it up with his pocket knife to share with us kids.