12 Christmas Memories: Part V

And now the last installment of my 12 Christmas Memories meme:

Snowman made by my niece

10. Best Christmas Present Ever

I know it might seem strange for me to name an afghan as my best Christmas present ever, but it was (and I know Shannon understands). I really wish I had it here with me (it’s in storage in the US) so I could take a photo for you. And better yet, curl up with it.

I was around 10 years old when my mom started promising afghans, crocheted by her, for my brother and me. I’d occasionally see her working on the little squares that were to make up mine throughout the year–different shades of pink, flowers, typical girly stuff. As Christmas drew closer and her time was taken up by cookies though, she made it pretty clear that they wouldn’t be done for the holidays.

But then while unwrapping gifts, I got to a big old clumsy box that I assumed was a coat. As I lifted the lid, what to my wondering eyes should appear?

My very own pink-and-white flowered afghan.

Even at that young age, I had some idea of just how much work went into every single square that made up that thing, and I just felt so special and loved that my mom would surrender sleep and other more enjoyable activities (which she surely did) to stitch and stitch and stitch just to make it all happen for Christmas.

A warm fuzzy wrapped up in a warm fuzzy, if you will.

Must get that afghan here. Love it love it love it so.

Rudolph of course

11. Falling Asleep on Pap’s Presents

OK, this one isn’t a memory so much as a really cute photo that unfortunately I don’t have with me to scan for you.

When I was just a wee lass I suppose I became overwhelmed with the Christmas goings-on quite easily and so I stopped to rest just a moment.

Right on top of all my grandfather’s presents.

I was out for a few hours, apparently, and he just had to wait to see what Santa brought him.

What a trooper, eh?

It’s a really cute picture, I promise.

Heart on the tree

12. My First Christmas with P

Nothing too spectacular happened, but 2005 was our first holiday season together and that alone made it magical.

On Christmas Eve, we went out for pizza of all things, which I actually thought was a fun tradition to start–only then the restaurant wasn’t open the following year. So now I’ll always remember that first Christmas Eve all that much more.

It was rather romantic actually as the fireplace was going and we were the only ones in the place besides the owners and their family who joined us after a while. Then we went around visiting some friends in the village but were home by midnight; and despite growing up opening gifts on Christmas day, I just couldn’t wait any longer for P to open his, so at my insistence we did gifts around 1 a.m.

He had never gotten a stocking before! Can you believe it? So I was sure to stuff it with all kinds of exciting things like shaving cream and razors.

And I wrapped every single thing individually. Hah!

Then Christmas Day we spent with P’s sister and her family (they have two children) and P’s parents–always wonderful to see children enjoying Christmas, isn’t it?

Like I said, nothing too special for that first Christmas…other than the company of course. And that’s really what it’s all about for me. Those warm, cozy feelings of love that stick with you for a lifetime as my dear friend Wanderlust Scarlett so kindly reminded me by tagging me with this meme.

Honestly, I can’t tell you how much writing this and taking photos around my house has helped me get into the holiday spirit. It’s been so wonderful to remember all of the great holiday seasons I’ve been lucky to have and makes being away from home at this time of year just a little easier.

So thank you, thank you, thank you Wanderlust Scarlett and I wish the happiest of holiday seasons to you all!

Recycling last year's Christmas cards

Christmas Memories: Part I

* Christmas Memories: Part II

Christmas Memories: Part III

Christmas Memories: Part IV

17 Beans of Wisdom to “12 Christmas Memories: Part V”
  1. My Melange

    Very heartwarming!!! Happy Holidays to you to my freind 🙂

  2. Texas Espresso

    Buon Natale Sognatrice! these have been lovely, and i hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


  3. beachgrl

    I’ve enjoyed reading about all your memories. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  4. witnessing am i

    This was a wonderful week, reading your memories, seeing the images. Thank you for revealing and reveling in these memories.

    Happy Christmas to you, Sognatrice. I hope you get everything you desire.

  5. Wanderlust Scarlett

    What a wonderful close, that was the best ever!

    It was like a fine holiday meal, each course presented lovingly and carefully for all to enjoy.
    Each one very special in it’s own way.

    And of course, garnished with lovely photographs…

    That was the best meme *ever* done.

    Thanks for playing, we all enjoyed it.

    Merry Christmas Bella!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  6. sognatrice

    *Robin, glad you enjoyed 🙂

    *Stacy, thank you and thanks for reading!

    *Beachgrl, so happy that you liked sharing in the memories 🙂

    *David, grazie and I wish you more of the same 🙂

    *Scarlett, I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this meme…best meme ever? Aw shucks 😉


  7. Anne in Oxfordshire

    Lovely reading!!

    Happy holidays to you all.

  8. sognatrice

    *Anne, thanks and happy holidays!

  9. Taffiny

    Wow you must have been plum tuckered to fall asleep on a pile of boxed presents.

    My son has told me he plans on sleeping in this year, instead of waking us up before 6 am. I hope he means it, or else I may fall asleep amongst all the wrapping paper.

    As always wonderful memories, thanks for sharing them with us. 🙂

    I hope you get your blanket soon.

  10. SabineM

    I JUST came by to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!
    Gorgeous cookies and Christmas Decorations! And thank you for sharing your memories…nice posts!

  11. Maryann

    Yes, children really make the holiday fun. Great memories you have. I hope this year adds to your list.

  12. MB

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your Christmas memories.

    Hope you and P have a wonderful holiday!

  13. Tarie

    This is a wonderful post, Sognatrice. *warm, cozy feelings* I wish you and your loved ones a special and magical Christmas. 🙂

  14. sognatrice

    *Taffiny, before 6 am is just excessive. Best of luck on that 😉

    *Sabine, thank you and same to you and yours!

    *Maryann, thank you–so far so good 🙂

    *MB, grazie!

    *Tarie, glad you enjoyed, and thank you 🙂

  15. ann.markle

    I have 4 afghans crocheted by my mother. I treasure them so, each and every one. I only wish I had all the ones she created — she was an artist with yarn, and each had such labor and such love included.

    I also love the Christmases when I was in love. Sigh.

  16. sognatrice

    *Ann, I love crafty memories! And yes, being in love is certainly a wonderful thing anytime but especially at the holidays.

  17. Nell

    Your stories warm tha cockles of my heart , they are simple and endearing , I think the child within you shines very bright keep her close to the surface, she finds joy in all things.
    Merry Christams and God Bless

    Aw thanks Nell; you’re very sweet 🙂



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