David's Reformed Church Congregation

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

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Another Christmas Past?

Another Christmas Past?

Happy New Year, 2013.  I have now "celebrated" 50 New Year's celebrations and 50 days of Christmas. During the last couple of months, I have spent much time reminiscing with the ghosts of my Christmases past. Last year in my Advent Calendar of Christmas memories I shared many of my favorite stories and thanks to this blog, I am able to go back and read them again. While doing so, I couldn't help but remember some of the joy and anticipation I was feeling during those early Christmas times. The scent of the Christmas tree, the colored lights shining behind the white curtains in our living room, watching the snow softly falling in the glow of the streetlights, thinking I heard Santa walking softly around my house while I pretended to be asleep, believing the red lights on the radio towers were Rudolph's nose.... 
Ah, the magic that is childhood.  How quickly it flew by.
Even at 50 years of age, I still find myself at times seeing those towers and remembering how I stood outside my house on Christmas Eve, believing that red light just might be leading Santa's sleigh through the night sky and sometimes I feel the goosebumps at the thought of what might be waiting underneath the tree.
Many of the people I spent those wonderful holidays with are no longer with me, but the memory of my loved ones is so clear in my mind that they are always here in spirit. This year I seemed to be missing those people even more than usual, so I created an Ancestor Christmas Tree and on it I placed photos of many of my ancestors and those of my husband as well.  It is a reminder of those wonderful past Christmas and New Year's Days.  I labeled the reverse of each photo so that my children and grandchildren will know their names and I plan to have the tree up again next year when my new granddaughter will be able to appreciate a Christmas tree for the first time.  It helped me hold onto a little bit of "Christmas Past".
Photograph of my great grandmother, Margaret McBride Marling, on my Ancestor Christmas Tree.
 
50 Christmases?  No. That can't possibly be true! I know it was only yesterday I was wishing for that talking doll.......
 
Happy New Year, 2013.  May it be a blessed year for us all.

4 comments:

  1. Such a great post, Lori. It often does seem like it was just the other day.... Where did you get the frames for your tree? The one in your photo is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and happy New Year to you and your family.

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  2. Lori, I love your Ancestor Tree. Thanks for the post, and have an absolutely wonderful (and healthy for all of you) New Year.

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  3. Thanks for your kind words, Nancy. I actually bought the picture frame ornaments at Dollar General Store. They were only $1.00 each and I bought an assortment of goldtone and silvertone frames in a couple of different shapes. After Christmas, I managed to pick up a few more for only 50 cents each. :) They were just the perfect design and when I saw them I could just see how they would look on this tree.

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