A Christmas Memory from Long Ago
December 6, 2017 5:38am CST
When responding to @JolietJake comment on my discussion about Making Memories, I had a memory from long ago. JJ mentioned that he has a branch from a tree for his decorations. It took me back to when I was in my teens. My mother for many years did not celebrate Christmas because of her choice in religion. Then after an awakening, she realized that it wasn't the religion she had thought it to be. She told my baby sister that we would be celebrating Christmas that year. Being a single parent, she had little money to buy much for us. I had money saved from baby sitting jobs. I also had a Friendly Home Party and was able to get gifts for my mother and my siblings. We didn't have money for a tree so I took it upon myself to make sure we had something. I bought green garland and tacked it to a wall in the shape of a tree. To that I added a string of lights and placed an aluminum foil star at the top. It wasn't much, but it served the purpose. Doesn't take a lot to bring a little Christmas cheer. Just have to look for it deep in your heart.
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• St. Catharines, Ontario
One year we didn't get a tree as we were going to be at my grandmother's over the holidays, but my youngest sister brought home the little tree they had in their grade 3 classroom. Surprised the heck out of my mother.