Christmas Past

Christmas Past

As an only child, I had to create pre-Christmas excitement by myself and for myself. The year I was nine, I began “producing” an annual Christmas pageant. I put together a number of poems and readings from the Bible and other books in the house, and there were carols with me accompanying on the piano. Of course I was also the MC, and for this I wore a blue sequined evening gown my mother had worn for Masonic galas before I was born. My long-suffering parents and aunt and uncle were both participants and audience with my dolls and Teddy filling up other seats.

I was probably 11 when I decided I needed a bigger audience so I invited my across- the -street neighbors. They were in their mid 80’s and hardly ever went out, but I wrote up and delivered invitations, and the evening of the event, my father went across the street and escorted them over to our house. I think they were nearly as excited as I was. In addition to the usual readings and songs, I had made up paper and pencil games with prizes. Mrs. Holibaugh brought quince tarts, filled with jelly made from the quince tree in their backyard. My mother added brownies and butter cookies.

There had to be decorations, and I was always coming up with bright ideas, some of which worked better than others. That year I took pipe cleaners and formed them into the letters “Merry Christmas,” striping each letter with red nail polish. I then used egg white as the glue to stick the letters to the mirror above our dining room buffet. It looked very elegant, but when it came time to remove the letters, somehow the egg white had eaten through the glass and my mother had to have the mirror re-silvered.

This year has been very different with just candles, some greens, a poinsettia, and Christmas cards but I have many wonderful memories of holidays past to entertain me. So… in the words of Clement Moore, “Happy (sic) Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

Dorothy C. Judd © 2015

Next post: Monday, December 28th


About twofelines

What to say? I love my family and friends. I also love kids, cats, and books. Oh, and potato chips and Cheez-its. I am a retired teacher who still loves to be in the classroom, so now I am a substitute teacher.
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6 Responses to Christmas Past

  1. picheney says:

    You were (are) so creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Brenda says:

    I have enjoyed reading your posts all year. Thank you ! Merry Christmas!
    Brenda Jovenich

  3. twofelines says:

    Thanks, Brenda. Know You’ll have fun with your young family. They make Christmad come alive! All the best in the new year as well.

  4. Carol D 'Agostino says:

    You were creative! Somehow I had a bit of the show/ performance bug. I recall making puppets for a puppet show or working on costumes for a song and dance performance with my friends which would take place in our garage or basement. Too bad we didn’t live closer back then.

  5. efmcmahon says:

    Loved this post. Wrote a comment but it seemed to disappear! You created “A Wonderful Life” with your loving parents and family highlighting what really matters in from the perspective of a child. Thank you Dorothy! Xo and Happy Mew Year!

  6. twofelines says:

    Liz, I truly appreciates your comments. thanks for taking the time. I know you will have a wonderful year with those two precious little boys. It all goes by so fast!

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