David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Friday, December 24, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - December 23 - Christmas Sweetheart Memories

This picture was taken at Ludlow Falls, Christmas, 1982

Today's prompt asks us to share Christmas Sweetheart Memories and just as I began thinking about what my post should say, I happened to see an ornament hanging on my tree from Christmas, 1980. It's a beautiful, blue and white ball with a painting of a Christmas sleigh and it states "First Christmas Together". Now, 1980 was not the first year we were married, but it was the first Christmas my husband and I shared together and that was the first ornament we ever purchased.  We had started dating in August and a few weeks later, we were engaged.  It was quick and we shocked many people, but here we are sharing our 30th Christmas together.  I remember that first Christmas like it was yesterday.  We spent many days shopping together for our families and for each other.  We purchased giant stockings and had our names written on them in glitter.  Our goal was to fill each stocking with goodies for each other.  It was quite a challenge, but we managed to do it!  Interestingly enough after all these years I think I can still remember everything I bought for him, but I don't remember one thing he bought for me.
 I'm not sure if that's good or bad!
At the time we bought that first ornament, we had no idea what the Lord had in store for our future; three children, several different jobs, meeting new friends, saying goodbye to loved ones.  We have shared much joy in these past 30 years and, although it sounds cliche',  the time has flown by.  Our children have grown from babies with wonder-filled eyes to compassionate, loving adults waiting to begin their own family Christmas traditions.  My prayer and my hope is that they will find the same joy that began with our very first "sweetheart" Christmas in 1980. 

4 comments:

  1. Lovely post and photo. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. Some of my strongest memories of the days when my now-husband and I first started going together revolve around Christmas. One of our first Christmas traditions, even before we got married, was also to buy our stockings - we still have them. Thanks for sharing these memories.

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  3. What a lovely story and photo. It's obvious by the gleam in your eyes that there's a lot of love there. Congrats on 30 Christmases together!

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  4. Very nice. Christmas spirit. Love. wonderful too 30 years. achievement.

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