Christmas comes once a year. We all know that, so why is it suddenly arriving so early? Shortly after Thanksgiving, Christmas music pervades our home. The post-Christmas sales that now seem to be popping up before Christmas will start down the road to gifting with next year’s Christmas-themed gifts. . Other priorities surface. That’s why I always wrap presents on Christmas Eve.
2022 was no exception, except for an early Christmas in Florida to attend Florida State University grandson Phil’s graduation and Emma’s 17th birthday. That trip at least gave me the satisfaction of not having to mail gifts for her 14 family members, and that I was far ahead.
However, the euphoria did not last long. Enjoying Christmas baking with recipes shared by my sister and paternal aunt, I finally made Aunt Lillian’s Date Nut Balls on December 22nd and Aunt Law’s Nutty Fingers on December 23rd. I usually bake a few more cookie recipes, cranberry bread, a cake layer for Jesus’ birthday cake, and her November special trail mix, and freeze it all to use in late December. . But I think her November of this year was spent preparing for her trip to Florida. No early cooking.
Yes I know the true meaning of Christmas. I enjoy extras. My childhood Christmases were low-key because my parents worked six days a week at the family grocery store. I had There was a silver dollar in the toe of my sock and I had to save it. There were also fruits and candies from the store.
I knew time and money were precious to my mother, who was doing the best she could. We have never been resentful. While we were grateful for the gifts from Santa, we noticed that the neighborhood kids and friends were having Christmas. When I built a house without realizing it, I used to decorate the house and bake bread.
Paul and I got married just one month before Christmas on November 28th. We had two strings of her lights, two boxes of glass beads, and a tree sparsely decorated with tinsel icicles. To add to the following year, she made 3-inch red and white felt stockings and bought some baubles at the annual post-Christmas sale. Added the third Christmas Nativity. My house is overdecorated right now, especially since I don’t have the decorating gene. It all makes me happy. My nativity collections of all sizes are displayed wherever the room allows, and most have mementos attached.
This Christmas also got a head start as each of my children and grandchildren received a copy of my Storyworth book. Two years ago my eldest daughter signed up for a subscription and received weekly prompts for a year. I finished the book “Nana’s Thoughts” in time for the Christmas present. I have had the opportunity to not only comment on my beliefs and my mother’s wisdom, but also include the family stories I remember, the stories of previous generations in my memory. Grandchildren have the opportunity to know a little more about their grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-aunts.
They may put the book aside for a while, but eventually become interested. As they flipped through the book, they laughed and pointed to pictures of their mothers’ babies. I wrote in my notes earlier that the memories are mine and may be different from other people’s memories. People see events differently, especially in hindsight.
Besides books, each person received a vintage gift. Some were mine, some belonged to deceased relatives. A note with family history was also included. To remove the guilt of clinging to things that mean nothing to them, I mentioned that vintage gifts belong to them as they see fit. What can be done.
You may be disappointed that you’ve never made a bag of baked goods for a friend’s or Jesus’ birthday cake, but your ribeye is overdone due to a disastrous back-up kitchen sink that needs immediate attention. You may be disappointed that you didn’t make it because you didn’t have enough time. Chocolate Chess Pie for Christmas Dinner Dessert, I appreciate that Dana’s Apple Tart of hers was large enough to serve everyone. Holiday family events are extras that I really cherish and keep in mind.
My phone calendar has a reminder for November 2023 to bake bread early, wrap what I have, write a Christmas letter, and address a Christmas card. Are you always determined to be more prepared next year?Maybe, but since he can freeze baked goods three months away, you may need to shift your reminders to his October.
Vol. 112, no. 52 – December 28, 2022