Holiday Thoughts

What is your favorite Holiday memory?

One of mine is as a child, when our family and any relative who had come to see us would pack up everything and we would grab a favorite new toy and put on coats and boots to walk up the street in the snow covered or slushy road, to my Aunt Cathy’s house for our Christmas luncheon. As we carried gifts along with toys, we felt privileged to be part of such a happy group, knowing that there would be more gifts, fun, surprises and food ahead for us. Once at my Aunt Cathy and Uncle Ray’s we would shed coats, hats, boots and put toys, presents aside until after we had eaten. There we would wait our turn at the “children’s table” overseen by our Uncle Ray, to go get food from the adult table and return to eat before exploring the train set or newest game Uncle Ray had purchased. Playing with the cousins, all close in age to each of us, minus my brother who as the youngest, was also the only boy until two second cousins joined the family a few years later, kept us happy, and occupied for several hours. As the day lengthened and shadows grew outside, we would gather up our gifts, toys, put on coats and hats and get ready for the walk home, knowing we would see other family later that evening and these relative later for New Years Eve.

My twin sister, Janyce Brawn, illustrated the “Christmas Walk” as we called it, years later. This is the picture as seen in a snow globe. Sorry for the sideways image. Check out her site too.

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