Thinking of Christmas

Carol By Carol, 11th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/gctmh5jx/
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When Chistmas approaches, I think about how it used to be in my family, when the children were young.

Thinking of Christmas

When you are a child, Christmas is a most magical time. Everything about it, whether its putting up the decorations, wrapping presents in bright paper and adding pretty bows, or better still, opening your presents on the day.

When you grow up, reality sets in, and you realise, if you are a wife and mother, it’s a time for a lot of extra work, and also a lot of extra cost. But I’m not really a cynic, just a realist. How many times did I say to my naughty child, ” If you don’t behave, Father Christmas won’t come.” knowing full well that I would never carry out this threat.

When the family were still young, we made a huge effort of putting up decorations everywhere. It took a day to get it organised. Then there were endless presents to wrap, mince pies and sausage rolls to make, and a big Christmas tree, which took up half of our lounge. I was always ” not going to buy as much food as last year.” but it never worked, as at the last minute, I would panic, and get extra, which was to be sure I had enough. After the two days of Christmas, I would be making up food parcels for my guests to take home with them, as I knew we could never get through it all.

Now that my family have long gone, it is different at Christmas. I have grandchildren in America, so I send them money to spend on what they want. My other children are in England, and my daughter is a mother herself, so I send her a cheque so she can buy what the family want. My son is not working at the moment, so money is just what he needs. My other son is the eternal Peter Pan. He is autistic, unable to speak, but just loves Christmas and all that goes with it. He still gets a bag of goodies, and I’m not sure who enjoys opening it the most, him or me!

We don’t put decorations up now, just have a nicely decorated tree. Dare I say, it’s fibre optic, and very pretty. I’m afraid that I don’t make sausage rolls any more, as the frozen ones from the supermarket are lovely! As for mince pies. I can rely on Mr Kipling for those.

I remember the days of the past with great fondness, but when I look back now, I wonder how I used to manage all that, and go to work full time. Christmas is a lovely time of the year, but a busy one, and although I’ve got it much easier now, and I love it while it lasts, on 1st January I heave a sigh of relief, and look forward to what the New Year has in store for me

How we tried to stretch our money at Christmas

No matter how pushed for money we were, we did our best to get our four children what they were dreaming of for Christmas, and the happiness on their faces when they opened the presents was more than enough reward. As for all the extra food I had to buy and cook, to sit down at Christmas time to eat with my family, all brought together to celebrate this special day, gave me a wonderful feeling of being complete.

Never mind all the usual moans and bickers that go on during the year, forget all their funny little ways, and crazy ideas, as we all have different personalities. Sometimes they drive me mad, but I expect that I have the same effect on them, and I have to remember that they also put up with me.

By the time my second glass of wine has gone down, the world is a very mellow place, and even my in laws, with all their fads and fancies, and special diets, cannot even cause a ripple of discontent.

How We Celebrated


When the family were still young, we made a huge effort of putting up decorations everywhere. It took a day to get it organised. Then there were endless presents to wrap, mince pies and sausage rolls to make, and a big Christmas tree, which took up half of our lounge. I was always ” not going to buy as much food as last year.” but it never worked, as at the last minute, I would panic, and get extra, which was to be sure I had enough. After the two days of Christmas, I would be making up food parcels for my guests to take home with them, as I knew we could never get through it all.

Now that my family have long gone, it is different at Christmas. I have grandchildren in America, so I send them money to spend on what they want. My other children are in England, and my daughter is a mother herself, so I send her a cheque so she can buy what the family want. My son is not working at the moment, so money is just what he needs. My other son is the eternal Peter Pan. He is autistic, unable to speak, but just loves Christmas and all that goes with it. He still gets a bag of goodies, and I’m not sure who enjoys opening it the most, him or me!

What We do Now


We don’t put decorations up now, just have a nicely decorated tree. Dare I say, it’s fibre optic, and very pretty. I’m afraid that I don’t make sausage rolls any more, as the frozen ones from the supermarket are lovely! As for mince pies. I can rely on Mr Kipling for those.

I remember the days of the past with great fondness, but when I look back now, I wonder how I used to manage all that, and go to work full time. Christmas is a lovely time of the year, but a busy one, and although I’ve got it much easier now, and I love it while it lasts, on 1st January I heave a sigh of relief, and look forward to what the New Year has in store for me.

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Children, Christmas, Family, Food, Goodwill, Happy, Money, Presents, Thoughts, Wine

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author avatar Carol
I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar joeldgreat
13th Nov 2010 (#)

Very vivid insights about your experience. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Euphonos
13th Nov 2010 (#)

Great Share. I like the day before Christmas. Last Year, I had fun when I was in B'ham.

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author avatar bdev
13th Nov 2010 (#)

Enjoyed reading about your Christmas days!

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Nov 2010 (#)

Carol, I am crying here, OMG!
I too have been thinking about when the kids were younger. Now they're all grown up.
We, like your family are still close in our hearts but, miles are now between us.
Merry Christmas hon. Lovely read!
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Carol
23rd Nov 2010 (#)

thanks for all your nice comments

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