The 12 Memories of Christmas — Day #11

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My parents made Christmas so special for my brother and me! It’s hard to describe the excitement that filled my heart! It was so hard to fall asleep on Christmas Eve!

Chuck usually woke up first. He would then wake me and then we’d jump in bed between Dad and Mom! This could take place as early as 4 or 5am. We didn’t realize at the time that they were just getting to bed after wrapping all our gifts! Then, Chuck and I had to wait at the top of the stairs until mom turned all the lights on in the living room.

Mom always went all out decorating beautifully for the holidays. It wasn’t just tree lights. Our whole house was lit up so pretty. Then finally, what seemed to be an eternity, happened!!! We could see all our presents under the tree! It completely covered the living room floor! They were wrapped with such care! The bows were perfect! Mom made them all out of ribbon! They were her own designs.

Dad would take out the Bible and read the Christmas story from Luke. Then we’d dig into the presents. It would literally take a couple hours or more to open everything.

Mom would make our favorite breakfast! Her pancakes were the best! The table was set so pretty. We ate until we were full.

Then at noon, the family would come over. We played with our cousins all day until it was time to eat again! Dinner was a masterpiece! Mom could really cook…and the pies!!!! I remember eating an entire pumpkin pie and getting so sick! I didn’t touch another pumpkin pie for a very long time!

Being together as a family was the greatest part of Christmas for me…then, maybe the presents!!!