I borrow this wonderful idea from several bloggers who (probably, like me, running frantically!) decided to share a few favorite past moments! ("Yeah, right," says the Marmelade Gypsy, "You had to lead with me!")
Yes I did. I miss my Orange Boy terribly, my Christmas Kitty. This one -- Lizzie -- well, you have to keep your eye on her!
I started out as a child... Yes, that's me. And that's how I spent Christmas Day for a lot of years -- with old people. All gone now, since Marie, dad's only remaining cousin, died this spring. She's between Mom and Grandma. (And speaking of Grandma, she is the same age there that I am now. Thank you, Paula, for keeping my hair young...)
When your parents are avid amateur photographers, you get "used" a lot. Above, it's a three-year-old (or maybe 4?) discovering the magic of Christmas. And below...
With my best buddy Major. No fire in that fireplace. Just a couple of well placed lights.
I can't think of Christmas without thinking of my mom and dad. She loved her Christmas tree skirt!
And of course, there were the Christmasses with the cousins. We did that for a number of years till families got too big to travel at the holiday.
The men of the family -- always good times.
And times with friends. Even in college I had to have a Christmas tree!
And friends today! Each year we do a Christmas exchange with our friends Mark and Jan. We pick a Christmas song and all the gifts in our $25 limit relate to that song or theme in some way. We've done this for 11 years now! This picture was from "Let It Snow" -- and as we had our Christmas brunch at Mark and Jan's, it began to snow!
There was that first Christmas with the kids. At about four in the morning, Kevin got the hurlies. I guess I knew I was supposed to be with this family when I realized I was cleaning up kid puke and the kids weren't mine!
But now I sure feel like they are.
Then there was the year we went to Frankenmuth and world's biggest Christmas store, followed by the traditional Christmas dinner. Don't you love Kevin's smile -- complete with blackjack gum!
They're a lot taller now! We've added Molly to our family and next year a baby KevMo!
It doesn't feel like Christmas if we don't do our annual Christmas Eve cookie decorating after dinner. There have been quite the cookie designs. Greg's "haz-mat" symbol, after his cancer treatment, Kevin's multi-layered frosting bombs and then the traditional!
Christmas is sharing and there was the year we shared the holiday with Japanese friends, introducing them to the American Christmas. On one of the coldest days of December!
There will always be a Cork Popper Christmas.
And a visit to Southern Exposure for some holiday eye candy.
We will remember sweet Kitty Boys who graced our hearts, like Stimpy, Ace Tree-Knocker-Down Champion.
And listen to yappy Sweet Lizzie purr her carols! (And sing -- very loudly -- howl for her dinner.)
And then we will toast to the season...
...and to all the new memories to be made in the coming year.
What are some of your favorite Christmas or holiday memories? Please share!
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