Christmas Memories

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This is one of the many pictures we took during the few days that my children were here for Christmas, and I think it’s the only one in which we were all present and accounted for…except for Rich, that is. My sweet son-in-law agreed to take this shot, and then he changed places with my husband who took one with Rich in it. 

We had just enjoyed a few hours of family fun with various relatives…playing Christmas trivia, watching a spiritual video, munching on brunch delectables, exchanging gifts, and reminiscing. My brother-in-law Allen treated us to his one of his specialities, barbeque, something that’s become a traditional food at our holiday get togethers. My nephew Greg brought Anna to our gala event, a young woman to whom he had become engaged only hours before. My brother Mike delighted everyone by bringing his waffle iron and putting it to good use.

Before we started our Chinese white elephant gift exchange, my Aunt Polly and her daughter Katherine stopped by for coffee and conversation. I LOVE listening to Polly because she always tells neat stories and reminds me of my past. Being around her conjured up memories of  dozens of Christmases Past. Ah, those chocolate-coated coconut balls that my grandmother made were so sweet and savory, and I always looked forward to sampling them. She used to make peanut brittle too, and Polly brought canisters of it for my siblings and our families.

 So many people who were in my life at one time are no longer present except in my mind, my memory. At the same time, decades ago when I was nibbling on my grandmother’s chocolate balls and dreaming of Santa’s visits, NONE of the people in the picture above were in my life. Even now I wonder who will be in next year’s picture…perhaps someone I haven’t even met yet.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

3 thoughts on “Christmas Memories”

  1. Great Picture. I bet you have a timer on your camera and next year can have everyone in the picture! I can just barely figure out most of the functions on my camera (LOL) Everything sounded scrumptious foodwise and family wise! Michelle and I were talking about a Christmas breakfast/brunch in the future b/c our
    Christmas Eve has gotten so big and she craves the smaller gathering. Maybe we will borrow some of your ideas!
    Much love and Happy New Year!

  2. We didnt get any Christmas pictures…sadly….with the group because it was soooo crowded. I am so happy you had a great time!

  3. You’re probably right about the timer. The camera was a gift that I had just opened an hour before this picture was made so I’m still figuring out the bells and whistles.

    The brunch was fun…and a little wild. When there are so many people around, you don’t get to really savor it all. In fact, most of the time I didn’t know who was even around and what was going on. Although I’ll probably do it again, I’m also going to plan a more intimate “sit-down” meal for my immediate family.

    Michelle, Nice to see you blogging again! Be sure to take some New Year’s picture tomorrow.

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